Monty Don wife: How giving birth to their first child left her unable to walk for a year

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Monty Don, 65, and his wife Sarah share three children together, Freya, Adam and Tom. But when their daughter came along, Sarah revealed the “bodged” delivery caused her to slip a disc in her back, leaving her unable to walk properly for a year after Freya’s birth.

My injuries weren’t acknowledged and as we tried to leave the hospital

Sarah Don

In their joint novel The Jewel Garden, Sarah recalled the painful experience, which she described as just a “financial traction” on the hospital’s part.

“I was ill months after our daughter was born despite having had a supposedly film-star birth at an enormously expensive private London hospital,” she wrote.

“However as soon as my five-day package was up, I was discharged.”

But she was left with numerous health issues as a result of labour.

Sarah explained: “I had slipped a disc, a result of the bodged delivery, and was so anaemic that I needed a blood transfusion.”

Despite the visible pain she was in and with a newborn baby, the former jewellery maker revealed the hospital made them pay their medical bills there and then, with little thought for her wellbeing.

“My injuries weren’t acknowledged and as we tried to leave the hospital, I had to walk down thee flights of stairs because the lift had broken.

“It was a purely financial transaction – just like a hotel – and they couldn’t have cared less about the state that I was in,” she shook her head.

“I was unable to walk or stand properly for over a year.”

Elsewhere in their book, Sarah opened up on how she felt “invisible” when the couple owned their own costume jewellery business.

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Despite doing most of the designing, sampling and publicity behind the intricate pieces, she admitted how clients only listened to her husband.

The company, aptly named after the horticulturalist, was sold in 30 countries, with 60 outlets in America alone with customers including Princess Diana, Boy George and king of pop Michael Jackson who all wore their ionic designs, which are also on display at the V&A Museum in London.

The business was given approval by Vogue, while Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty who all stocked their creations, but it didn’t stop Sarah feeling “humiliated” as she, the trained jeweller, suffered alongside super-salesman Monty.

“I would spend months working on a creation, drawing, refining, going backward and forwards to the factory, checking samples, sorting out publicly,” she wrote.

“It was always a collaboration, though the factory owner who made up our jewellery only seems to listen to Montagu.”

She added: “I was invisible.”

Sarah explained that she put up with the silent insulting snubs as long as her collections were made in time to meet client deadlines, but she felt “humiliated” none-the-less.

“Montagu’s coming along and shmoozing him worked but it was humiliating for me,” she admitted.

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