Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs.

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
A French mum had to have four limbs amputated due to complications following an abortion. Photo: Shutterstock

Mother of three, Priscilla Dray was admitted to the maternity unit of Bordeaux University Hospital for the abortion in the summer of 2011, Sud Ouest reported.

The operation lasted a few hours and on the Friday evening the 36-year-old shopkeeper was able to return home to her family.

But the day after the operation Dray was suffering from pain and had a high fever. She returned to the maternity ward where an on-call doctor took a blood sample, before sending her back home.

Dray’s condition continued to deteriorate however, and on Sunday morning she was diagnosed with septicemia. 

She was prescribed antibiotics and told to return to the maternity ward, where she arrived at around noon. 

But it appears it was too late for the antibiotics to work, and as the infection took hold, Dray had to have her feet, her right forearm and left hand amputated.

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The woman and her husband have since accused the medical team treating Dray of not prescribing antibiotics early enough, resulting in tissue necrosis and eventual amputation.

After three years of waiting for the medical team to be brought to justice, Dray and her husband David have decided to go public about her ordeal.

The case is currently being examined by Bordeaux’s high court. The hospital has so far declined to comment. 

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