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Clare Foreman was relaxing on the couch at 34-weeks-pregnant, when an agonising pain shot up her leg and abdomen. Her mother’s instinct kicked in – she knew something wasn’t right.

“I felt a pop and there was intense pain from my leg up into my abdomen,” the Queenslander explained.

“My leg went a different colour and started to swell up immediately and we knew it was time to go to hospital for further investigation.”

Clare had experienced some pain in her left leg throughout her pregnancy, but a seemingly harmless movement on the couch triggered her into action.

While Clare knew something was seriously wrong, she had no idea just how much danger she, and her unborn baby, were in. She had developed a potentially lethal, 30cm blood clot in her deep femoral vein.

After being admitted to hospital, she was treated with standard blood thinners, but she was still in agony. Her leg was so swollen she couldn’t even walk to the bathroom.

Her pregnancy posed a dilemma. Clot-busting drugs usually used to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis would threaten her unborn baby’s life.

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So Mater Private Hospital Brisbane vascular surgeon Dr Danny Hagley performed a pioneering procedure, just days after baby Isabel was delivered via c-section.

Dr Hagley became the first surgeon in Queensland to use the cutting-edge Inari ClotTriever device last year. This time he was able to remove Clare’s ‘unusually large’ clot via a tiny 1cm incision.

“Clare’s condition was not just painful, it was also very dangerous,” Dr Hagley said.

“A multidisciplinary team of specialists worked together to ensure Isabel’s safe arrival, while making sure Clare’s health and wellbeing was not compromised.

“Prior to her DVT surgery, we put a clot filter in via Clare’s neck to minimise the chance of clotting moving to her heart and lungs during the delivery of baby Isabel.”

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The ClotTriever device uses a metal ring which opposes the edges of the vein connected to a mesh collecting basket which is inserted directly into the vein and surrounds the clot, which is then safely removed out of the bloodstream.

“Without the ClotTriever, Clare would have had significant risk of bleeding from her caesarean section surgery or have to go undergo major open surgery and would have faced a lengthy recovery time,” Dr Hagley explained.

“Clare’s surgery was so successful that she was up and walking the next day and out of hospital the same week.”

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Clare said the whole experience was ‘incredibly daunting’ but she had confidence in the medical team.

“My husband Stuart and I both cried tears of relief once we knew how the problem was going to be dealt with because it had all been so scary,” she said.

“It was amazing to be up and walking the day after surgery and holding Isabel for the first time.”

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  • Wow. That is a great story. Lucky family!

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  • An amazing outcome – it is so wonderful to be living in this day and age of medical miracles.

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  • An amazing piece of work from the medical team.

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  • Wow. How scary. So glad they were able to save both mother and child.

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  • Wow hasn’t modern medicine come a long way over the years. Glad mum and bub are doing well

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  • What an amazing story! So lucky she had such a talented medical team surrounding her.

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  • Oh no, it all happened so fast. Such a dangerous situation just oit of the blue

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  • This is amazing. What a wonderful surgeon./team she must have had. Great outcome.


    • Absolutely, a great outcome indeed !

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  • Wow. We’re so lucky to have such stellar hospitals and specialised doctors in Queensland. Wonderful everything went smoothly.

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  • Wow this mum was so lucky. So glad she made it through and bubs is doing well.

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  • So very lucky. I’m glad it all turned out good in the end.

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  • This must have been so scary ! Thank God she sought medical help in time and for the profesionalism of the medical team !

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  • A truly scary experience for this family.

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  • What a terrifying ordeal to experience. She is so blessed to be alive. Wishing her well in the future.


    • I can imagine it’s an experience she will never forget. It shows how vulnerable life can be

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  • That sounds petrifying! Im glad she was in good hands

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  • This would have been absolutely terrifying.

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  • Wow that would have been scary. Glad mum and baby are both ok.

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