A few months apart, Kimberley Sampson and Samantha Mulcahy died a few days after giving birth and after being infected with herpes. The BBC has investigated the deaths of young mothers, aged 29 and 31. According to the British media, it would be the doctor who infected them during the birth performed by cesarean section.

Kimberley’s health deteriorated after giving birth on May 3, 2018. 19 days after giving birth to her second child, Kimberley died of sepsis, caused by infection with the herpes virus. This is a common infection that can cause sores around the mouth and genitals. Cases of death caused by this virus are extremely rare. This is why the death of another young mother, which occurred two months later, raises questions.

Samantha Mulcahy gave birth to a child in the same hospital group as Kimberley. It was in July 2018. For her, too, the doctors had to perform a cesarean section. His condition deteriorated after the operation.

The BBC looked into this case and discovered, in a chain of emails, information that had been withheld from families. They discovered that the two women had been operated on by the same surgeon and the same midwife. Information that had been hidden from the families of the two Englishwomen. For its part, the East Kent Hospitals Trust concludes that it is impossible to identify the exact source of the infection.

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