Mom shares horrifying photo of 20 hidden blood clots removed from her leg

By Caitlin Tilley, health reporter for Dailymail.Com

16:03 April 15, 2024, updated 16:21 April 15, 2024

  • Starla Ellis, 30, of Dayton, Ohio, had recently given birth to her third child
  • Doctors initially found a clot and sent her home with blood thinners.
  • But then his leg became completely stiff and doctors had to remove 20 blood clots.

A 30-year-old mother has shared a horrific image of 20 giant blood clots found hiding in her leg – a horrific side effect of giving birth to a “huge” sized baby.

Starla Ellis, 30, of Dayton, Ohio, had recently given birth to a 9 pound, 10.5 ounce newborn, after a prolonged and agonizing labor, when she began feeling “excruciating” pain in her leg RIGHT.

Doctors at the hospital said the pain was the result of a blood clot that likely formed due to pressure on the blood vessels in his lower body.

Doctors sent her home with blood thinners, but she returned a few days later after her leg became totally stiff.

Tests carried out revealed that she actually had numerous blood clots in her leg which would prove fatal if not removed immediately.

Ms Ellis said: ‘I was terrified and didn’t think I was going to come out (of hospital)’
Ms Ellis gave birth to her third child, Amaris, by emergency caesarean section after the baby got ‘stuck’

Ms Ellis said her third child, Amaris, who eventually arrived by emergency caesarean in November, got “stuck” in her vaginal canal, leading to excessive pushing before doctors decided to take him to the operating room.

After giving birth, Ms Ellis returned home as planned, but the mother-of-three soon began to feel a “burning pain” in her lower back, which then moved to her abdomen and down her right leg .

Ms Ellis said she initially believed the pain was due to her body releasing pregnancy hormones and readjusting in the weeks after her son’s birth.

But when the pain became unbearable, she went to hospital where, she says, she was told she had a blood clot in the femoral artery in her right leg and was given blood thinners. and she was sent home.

The 20 red blood clots lying on a piece of cloth after being removed from Ms Ellis’ right leg

At first, Ms Ellis thought the medication was working, but when her leg became stiff and she could no longer bend it, she went to another hospital for a second opinion two days later.

The customer service employee here claims that she had an ultrasound where she was told that she actually had 20 lumps in her leg and that they needed to be surgically removed immediately.

Disturbing photos show the red clots bulging on a piece of cloth after they were removed from his right leg.

Ms Ellis says she thought she was going to die and is now urging people to be persistent with their hospital referrals to ensure they get the care they need the first time.

Ms Ellis said: ‘I broke down when I saw how many blood clots were in my leg as I didn’t realize it was that serious.

“Seeing a photo of all the blood clots put into perspective how serious it was and how close I was to losing my life.

“Not only did the photo of the 20 blood clots shock me, but it hurt me that the previous doctor let me out of the hospital.”

According to the CDC, blood clots can be very serious and should be treated promptly. They can lead to illness, disability, and even death if not treated promptly.

Although it’s not clear what caused the clots, Ellis says a doctor told her the blood clots could have been caused by possible complications from a C-section.

According to Medical News Today, women can have two types of blood clots after giving birth.

One of them concerns clots that pass into the vagina in the days following birth and which come from the shedding of the uterine lining and the abruption of the placenta.

Ms Ellis with her family while pregnant with her third child
Ms Ellis also said Amaris was a very “big” baby for her size. “I was told he was going to be a big baby and that he was big for my body because I’m five foot three and he weighed 9lb 10oz,” she said.

The second is clots that form in the body’s veins, which is rare but can be life-threatening.

This may be because pregnancy increases pressure in the veins in your legs and pelvis, making it more likely that clots will form.

Ms Ellis also said Amaris was a very “big” baby for her size. “I was told he was going to be a big baby and that he was big for my body because I’m 5 feet 10 inches tall and he weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces,” she said.

“The pain (in my leg after the C-section) was quite persistent and kept getting worse and I went to the emergency room.

“At that point the pain was excruciating. I couldn’t move and almost had to crawl to the car to go to the hospital.

Doctors did some tests on him and discovered a blood clot in a large blood vessel in his leg. She was sent home with a blood thinner and she was told to follow up with her doctor in a week.

“When they released me I was very worried because I had a numb feeling in my leg, but I just ignored it because the hospital told me I was good to go.

“At first I thought the blood thinners were working. I tried to pass even though the hospital cleared me, but that night I was back on the ground.

“At that point, my leg was completely stiff and I couldn’t bend it. Total terror went through my head and I thought I might lose my leg,” she said.

She decided to go to another emergency room for a second opinion.

“At that point I had a fever and was given painkillers, but it didn’t help at all because the pain was so bad.

“I was then sent to the blood and vessels department and they did some tests and an ultrasound of my leg and realized the clots were much worse.”

“I was terrified and I didn’t think I was going to make it out (of the hospital).”

After seeing a photo of the 20 clots removed from her leg, she said she “broke down” at the sight of them.

Ms Ellis said: “You need to be persistent with your doctor about your health care and they don’t always seem as worried as you are.

“You know your body and if you feel like something is wrong you need to get it checked out.

“Be sure to follow up with your doctor, as blood clots can be fatal. »

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