Mother Loses All Her Limbs Because Of A Hospital's Mistake

A routine surgery which was supposed to require only an overnight stay went horribly wrong and resulted in a mother of three losing all of her limbs.

Adrienne Harris was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and was advised to have surgery to remove her fallopian tube. This surgery is fairly unmemorable and is carried out by doctors all the time.

Adrienne was told she would have to spend the night in the hospital and would be well enough to return to her children by the next day.

But a horrible, preventable mistake meant her life would never be the same after that night. During the surgery, a young doctor left a small hole in her bowel. It went unnoticed by the surgical team and she was stitched back up.

By the time the hospital realized something was horribly wrong, two days had passed and Adrienne was suffering from a serious case of sepsis.

Near death, she stayed in the hospital as gangrene attacked her limbs, turning them black. In order to save her life, doctors were forced to amputate all her limbs; her hands, one leg below the knee and another above the knee.

As if this was not enough, the removal of her parts of her bowel and colon also means Adrienne will never be able to digest food properly by mouth for the rest of her life.

She's suing the hospital and the doctors involved for negligence and, understandably, is asking politicians to allow her to receive more than the $500,000 that medical payouts are capped at.

"She's lost her ability to live a normal life. She's lost the ability to care for her children," her lawyer Charles Monnett said in an interview, "No one can imagine what it would be like to suddenly wake up one day with no hands and no feet."