A mother of eight was taken to hospital to give birth by cesarean section but woke up six days later to find out both of her legs had been amputated.
Ella Clarke, from Torquay, England, gave birth to a baby girl, Winter Rose, born by cesarean section. After the birth, doctors realized there had been a complication.
During the C-section, Clarke lost 6 liters of blood. Doctors had to perform an emergency hysterectomy. She had five blood transfusions. Following the procedure and the transfusions, Clarke had yet another complication when her blood began clotting.
Clarke was supposed to be monitored hourly for clotting for 24 hours following the procedure, but her doctors reportedly forget to check on her for six hours, according to the Daily Mail. When they noticed her blood had clotted, her circulation had stopped and it was too late -- her legs needed to be amputated.
Clarke woke up five days later, not realizing how much time had passed. Doctors quickly informed her she had been induced into a coma. They told her what happened and that they did what they could to save her life.
Clarke, 31, spoke to the Mirror about the incident, saying, "I feel like my life has been taken away from me."
"I went from being an active mum doing the school runs and chasing my family around the garden to instantly wheelchair-bound," Clarke told the Mirror.
"I couldn't stop crying," she added. "No human being should ever have to experience this. And it could have been avoided."
Clarke's lawyers are reportedly preparing to take legal action against the hospital for its handling of the incident. The hospital has since apologized.
"It was five months too late," the mother said of the hospital's apology. "I have eight children to look after, what life can I have now?"
"This has impacted us far worse than you can ever imagine," she added. "I will never stand on my own two feet again and that makes me shudder."