A WOMAN had a "near death experience" when she began to haemhorrage internally after her baby was delivered by caesarean section, the High Court heard.
Honey Larkin told the court she nearly died and by the time she was brought to an operating theatre at Letterkenny General Hospital in January 2008 for surgery to stop the bleeding she had lost more than half her entire volume of blood.
Ms Larkin (40) Stackernagh, Churchill, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, has sued the HSE and consultant gynaecologist at Letterkenny, Eddie Aboud, for alleged negligence and breach of duty.
She claims she is suffering from post traumatic stress and has not recovered from the possibility she may have died.
She claims the defendants failed to check or sufficiently check or to recognise the sign that she was bleeding profusely and losing substantial amounts of blood. She further alleges there was a failure to attach due significance and to take appropriate action in response to her distress signals.
It is alleged that by the time Ms Larkin underwent the second operation to stop the bleeding, she was in parlous state and had suffered massive blood loss and a near death experience.
The claims are denied and the defendants say Ms Larkin was treated in a timely and appropriate manner when surgical complications were identified.
Her counsel, Gerard Clarke, told the court it was a "near death experience".
As a result, she and her husband had made the decision not to have any more children.
In evidence, she said it breaks her heart that they had to make the decision not to have any more children.
"I feel cheated," she said.
The case before Mr Justice Kevin Cross continues.
By Tim Healy