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Posted on June 21, 2016 by

Woman’s Legs Amputated After C-Section: Could This Happen in St. Louis?

Imagine going to the hospital and preparing to have a little baby girl. You knew ahead of time that you were going to require a c-section, and you were even prepared for the possibility that you would need to be given general anesthesia because of some complications that had arisen during your pregnancy. However, when you wake up, you find that both of your legs have been amputated.

According to an article on the Fox2News website, that is exactly what happened to a thirty-year-old woman. She suffered from placenta previa, which is fairly common in women who have had multiple c-sections. The excessive bleeding that occurred after the birth required additional medical treatment, and doctors elected to perform an emergency hysterectomy. She was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Patients in her situation are at a risk of blood clots, and she was supposed to have been checked every hour. However, the article says that was not the case.

She suffered from several blood clots in her legs, which complicated the situation even further, and the decision had to be made to amputate both of her legs. She woke up five days later, completely unaware.

As your St. Louis medical malpractice attorney, please be aware that similar situations can occur in St. Louis. If they do, you have rights. Contact a St. Louis medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case and get the help you need.