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Ella Clarke's routine caesarean section went horribly wrong and doctors had to remove both her legs after blood clotted in them Clarke from Torquay, Devon, with her daughter Winter Rose aged 5 months

21:00, 28 MAY 2016 BY DAN HARDING


Waking up in her hospital bed, Ella Clarke prepared to savour that precious moment every new mum cherishes.

But instead of having her baby girl, just born by caesarean section ,­ carefully placed in her arms, doctors were there with terrifying news that would blow Ella’s world apart.

What should have been a routine op had gone horribly wrong after her healthy daughter Winter Rose had been delivered.

And after five days in an induced coma, Ella needed both legs amputated to save her life after blood had clotted in them.

Today, in a heartbreaking interview, the mum-of-eight tells how her life has been changed forever because of an alleged NHS blunder. Clarke with her daughter, WInter Rose, just after she was born

As her lawyers prepare to launch legal action against the hospital – which has apologised – Ella, 31, says: “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.

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“I couldn’t stop crying. No human being should ever have to experience this. And it could have been avoided.”

Ella had already had six children in nine years with mechanic husband Ian, 32, when she fell pregnant again in March 2015.

The prolific mum, who had her first baby with a childhood sweetheart, says: “We were delighted.
Ella Clarke who holds her daughter Winter Rose and is surrounded by her other children

"People think we’re mad having such a big family, but being a mum is the greatest feeling on earth.”

At the 20-week scan, the midwife told her she had a low-lying placenta – called placenta previa.

If not given proper attention, it can cause excessive bleeding at delivery and a caesarean is usually needed.

Ella had undergone six previous C-sections through choice with no problems and expected a routine pregnancy.

She says: “It was the first time I’d suffered from placenta previa but I wasn’t nervous about being cut open again to have a baby.”

In December at 36 weeks, she began to bleed and was taken to Torbay Hospital in Torquay.

Doctors told her the baby was fine, but it was time for the C-section.

Ella, who knew she was expecting a daughter, signed the consent form. She says: “I wasn’t worried at all.

"I was just excited about meeting my little girl. I remember telling Ian as they sedated me that I was so excited.

"We were dreaming of a family holiday with our children – all eight of them.” ON PAGE 2
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