TORQUAY, Devon — A woman went into the hospital for a Cesarean section and woke up several days later with both of her legs amputated below the knee.
Daily Mail reports that Ella Clarke, 31, found out in March 2015 that she was pregnant with her eighth child. When she reached 20 weeks, she found out she had a condition known as placenta previa, which can cause complications during childbirth.
Doctors decided she would require a C-section when the time came in December 2015.
She gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Winter Rose.
During the procedure, however, Clarke began to lose a lot of blood due to another complication that happens with women who have had C-sections in the past. She’d had six before.
So doctors performed an emergency hysterectomy. She was put into an induced coma and was monitored for 24 hours, because blood clots are common with such procedures.
Clarke alleges that doctors did not check on her as they should have, and the blood clotted in her legs causing the circulation to stop. The decision was eventually made to amputate her legs.
Five days later, she woke up.
“I remember the moment I woke up. I thought I was waking up from my 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 told Daily Mail.
Clarke says she is now learning to use prosthetic legs but is “a shadow of my former self.”
“Going into the hospital to have a baby should have been the best moment of my life,” she told Daily Mail. “Instead my world has been shattered.”
Daily Mail reports that a spokesman for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust stated:
“We would like to offer our sympathy to Ms. Clarke. We are carrying out a full and thorough investigation and at this time it is not appropriate for us to make further comment. We are in regular discussion with Ms. Clarke and her partner to ensure they are kept up to date.”