A mother has been awarded a payout after doctors performed a caesarean on her – with no painkillers.

The Sun reports the mum described feeling “excruciating pain” as the surgeon began to slice her open.

It was only then that she was given proper pain relief and her baby was finally delivered safely at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich in 2013.

The woman received $55,000 (£27,000) after Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust admitted failing to give her proper anaesthetic.

The patient’s solicitor Patricia Wakeford said her client had been left traumatised by her ordeal.

She added: “Understandably, my client found the experience of her first child’s delivery to be extremely distressing.

“She has since suffered from frequent nightmares, severe anxiety and depressive symptoms which led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

A spokesperson from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said: “We cannot comment on the details of this incident as it occurred before Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust was formed in October 2013.

“Although, we offer our sympathies to the person involved and are pleased that a settlement has been reached.”

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  • Oh Lord…. that poor woman. I really dont know how you would ever be able to forget that. That sure is a horror birth story.


  • Poor woman. I really hope she manages to get over this. Such an awful thing to happen.


  • One of my worse nightmares – the only thing worse would be if put under but still able to feel and hear what was happening but paralysed so unable to move or speak to let them know. I remember this happening to a local woman years ago


  • that would have been horrible for sure! poor, poor woman! i can’t even imagine what that would have been like!


  • How horrifying poor woman


  • Wow that’s a worst nightmare come true. I hope she gets the help she needs to deal with the PTSD and has been able to enjoy her baby.


  • That is disgraceful. No woman should have to go through that.


  • This would be horrendous. I’m lays astonished when doctors are so careless.


  • I can’t understand how something like this happens, even in an extreme emergency. It is terrifying.


  • OMG, I can’ t imagine the pain and stress of this delivery. I had a traumatic experience that left me never wanting to go back for another child. Fourteen years on, it’s still vivid. I hope this mother can enjoy her child and receives help in her recovery.


  • Wow… I know that we are all human but honestly how could someone or some people make a huge mistake like that.


  • Wow what a huge mistake !! By the C-section of my daughter I went through the anaesthetic and started to feel everything. I could hardly cope and my blood pressure went way down. They gave me more aneasthetics. After the C-section I was so unwell, enormous pain, nauseous, under temperature, low blood pressure and had to stay for 7 hours in the recovery room. Think this woman should have received more.


  • I have woken up during an operation to tie my tubes. I realised that I could hear what was going on, no pain, thank goodness. I couldn’t say anything to let them know. I said to myself go back to sleep, go back to sleep. Have to let the nurses know that it did happen for the future operations.


  • Only $55,000 – OMG – that will haunt her forever. Poor Mumma


  • That is terrible. What a traumatic experience. Especially for her first child


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