Wednesday 28 September 2016

Mother wakes up 6 days after c-section to find both her legs were amputated

Catherine Devine

Published 30/05/2016 | 16:10

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When Ella Clarke woke up from her caesarean section, she expected to be handed her new baby girl and cherish the moment.

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Instead, the mother-of-eight (31) woke up to the terrifying news that she had been in a coma for six days and had both of her legs amputated.

Ella, from South Devon, England, was taken to hospital when she started to bleed at 36 weeks but was reportedly told her baby was fine, according to the Mirror. She underwent her sixth C-Section and said she “was excited to see her little girl”.

Her baby girl, Winter Rose was born healthy but Ella lost six litres of blood due to a complication called placenta accrete, which can be common in women who have had previous C-sections.

Ella underwent an emergency hysterectomy and had five blood transfusions. She was put in an induced coma and needed to be monitored for 24 hours because she was prone to clotting.

Subsequently, Ella's legs were amputated after a clot developed in her legs causing her circulation to stop.

Ella told The Mirror that when she woke up she thought she was waking up from her C-section.

"I expected my beautiful little baby girl to be passed to me. I had no idea I’d been in a coma," she said.

“Instead I was told doctors had amputated my legs. At the time I was in a haze of medication.

“But the reality started to hit home when Winter Rose was placed in my arms and my restricted future flashed before me.”

Ella has filed a law suit against the hospital who have since issued an apology.

"I was a normal mum for 13 years. That’s been snatched away from me," she added.

South Devon NHS Foundation Trust told the newspaper: “We are carrying out a full investigation and it is not appropriate for us to make further comment.”

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