A former nurse who was told she had to have a hysterectomy after she had a miscarriage told The Irish News she thought she was dying.
Dr Helen Kelly, who was working at the Grafton Hospital in Limerick when she was told her health was failing, was taken to a GP with a severe stomach ache.
She was told by the GP that she had just had a baby, and she was to undergo a hystadectomy.
It was a routine procedure in Ireland, but Ms Kelly had had one in the past.
“I thought it was a joke.
It’s a lot of work and a lot to take care of, and it was never going to be done.
I was just so devastated, so shocked,” she said.
“The pain was excruciating.
I didn’t know what to do.
I had a stomach accease and that was it.
I couldn’t eat.
It took me weeks to get back to normal.”
Dr Kelly was given a diagnosis of cancer of the cervix, which was later diagnosed as ovarian cancer, and the operation was scheduled for January.
She had undergone a hysterotomy to remove a lump of tissue that was growing, and after a week of anaesthetic she went into labour and delivered her daughter.
The operation was a success, and Ms Kelly was told that she would have a successful hystectomy the following year.
“That was it,” she recalls.
“It was like I was on the edge of death.
I felt so relieved and relieved that my life was saved, but I couldn”
As I was getting ready to leave the hospital, my husband called me and told me I had the baby.
I felt so relieved and relieved that my life was saved, but I couldn