Woman wakes up from C-section to find both legs amputated

I can’t even imagine the horror and outrage this woman felt after giving birth to a child. OMG! Going through the birthing process alone is painful enough, but to discover you’re missing a couple extremities afterwards! WTF!

A Torquay mother who went into hospital to give birth woke up from an induced coma five days later – to find both of her legs amputated.

Ella Clarke, 31, woke up in her hospital bed prepared to savour a moment she had waiting nine months to cherish.

But instead of holding her baby girl, Winter Rose, doctors delivered news that would turn her world upside down.



Surgeons had been forced to amputate both of Ella’s legs due to complications and an alleged NHS blunder.

The mother-of-eight, who was having her sixth C-section, had just spent five days in an induced coma after losing six litres of blood due to a dangerous complication called placenta accreta – which can be common with women who have had c-sections in the past.

Doctors performed an emergency hysterectomy and five blood transfusions – which in almost all cases of placenta accreta is required to save the mother’s life.

Ella, from Torquay, was placed into an induced coma and transferred to intensive care where doctors had to monitor her hourly for the next 24 hours as she was prone to clotting.

But it is claimed doctors forgot to check her and six hours had passed before she was seen.

By this point, Ella’s legs had clotted and circulation had stopped. She was immediately rushed into theatre where two surgeons battled to recover circulation in both her legs – but it was too late.



Here was what Ella had to say about the incident:

Going into hospital to have a baby should have been the best moment of my life.

“I had no idea what was going on. I was put to sleep for the c-section and then put immediately into an induced coma when things started to go wrong.

“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

“Instead I was told doctors had amputated my legs after complications with my C-section.

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

Ella and her partner Ian Ross, 32, now face a challenging future – and the full-time mother will be bound to a wheelchair.

She said: “I’m now sleeping downstairs in the living room and trying to get used to walking with prosthetic legs, but it’s challenging.

“I’m having counselling to cope with the shock but my whole life has changed forever.

“I went from being an active mum to instantly wheelchair bound. I couldn’t stop crying.


“My five year old couldn’t look at me without a blanket on because she was scared and my eldest daughter starting falling behind at school.

“My family was falling apart and I was helpless.”

Ella went on to say: “I was an active mum doing the school runs and chasing my family around the garden.

“Now I’m the complete opposite.

“I might never be able to run after my children, or stand next to them. No human being should ever have to experience this after it could have so easily been avoided.

I hope the hospital and doctors involved have good lawyers. Ella is right about one thing – no one should EVER have to go through THIS much trauma giving birth. The birth of Winter Rose should have been a beautiful event. Instead, Winter Rose’s birthday will be forever marked with this tragic and traumatic event for Ella Clarke and her family.




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This sucks..but 8 children? Really? 31 years old with 8 kids (& i noticed she’s not married…), could she be abusing the system? Something to think about.


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