I couldn't stand, sit or lie down, says victim
PEG Owens was having her second child nearly 50 years ago when she believes she underwent the symphysiotomy which left her "unable to stand, sit or lie" for some time afterwards.
Peg (78) from Glenageary, Co Dublin, gave birth to her son in a private nursing home but has been unable to get any of her medical files from that time.
"He was a big baby and something went wrong quite quickly," recalled Peg (above) who has little memory of the procedure.
Her son looked like his head had been punctured. She suffered severe bleeding 10 days later but worse was to come when she had her third child.
"It was the most excruciating birth I ever went through", she added. Peg went on to have a fourth child but her health never recovered fully.
"I suffered incontinence, depression and terrible panic attacks", she said .
The Department of Health said women who had experienced "particular problems associated with symphysiotomy continue to receive care and attention.''