A mom of seven who went into the hospital in December to deliver her eighth child left with her newborn but without something else: her legs. Per the Torquay Herald Express, 31-year-old Ella Clarke had a potentially dangerous placenta condition during pregnancy common with women who've had cesareans (Clarke delivered most of her other children that way), and she suffered complications during this C-section, causing her to lose 12 pints of blood.
A healthy baby girl, Winter Rose, was safely delivered, the Mirror notes, but Clarke received five blood transfusions and an emergency hysterectomy, and doctors placed the Torquay mom into an induced coma, which she remained in for five days.
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She was supposed to be monitored once an hour while in this state to prevent blood clotting, but due to an apparent hospital error, she was allegedly neglected for six hours.
By the time someone checked on her, blood clots in her legs had halted circulation, and doctors were forced to sever both legs below the knee.
She woke, unaware she had been in a coma and ready to hold her newborn. "Instead I was told doctors had amputated my legs." A hospital spokesman has expressed "sympathy" to Clarke and says they're conducting "a full and thorough investigation"—but that's little consolation to Clarke, who's now wheelchair bound and trying to acclimate to prosthetic legs, her days as a busy, active mom permanently upended.
"What life can I have now?" she says, per the Mirror, adding that her kids are afraid to even hug her because they're scared by her "stumps." "This has impacted us far worse than you can ever imagine." The couple have started legal action against the hospital.
(An Oklahoma mom had all four limbs amputated after a tick bite.)
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