After almost seven years Jamie Hare and his four daughters are still devastated by losing Linda Parker, a ‘friendly, no-fuss’ woman, partner and mother, who died due to unforeseen child birth complications.
It was a winter’s day in 2010 when the 39-year-old was admitted to the La Trobe Regional hospital to undergo her third cesarean.
A beautiful baby girl was born, but Linda never woke up after dramatically hemorrhaging on the operating table.
She died 11 days later in intensive care.
“It breaks my heart that my youngest daughter will never know her mother,” Jamie, her de facto partner of 24 years, told The Age.
“This should never have happened”.
Linda suffered from a potentially life-threatening condition known as placenta accreta, in which all or part of the placenta attaches abnormally to the uterus.
It is often linked to scars caused by previous cesareans.
Despite being otherwise healthy, given her history, Linda had a 40 per cent chance of the problem, but no medical professional even investigated the possibility, let alone warned her or her family.
Jamie was anxiously reading the newspaper in a waiting room of the hospital as he heard the “code blue” come across the speakers, according to The Age.
It was the plasterer’s first indication that something had gone wrong.
In fact, Linda had bled so much during the surgery her heart had stopped beating twice.
That morning she was resuscitated by an anaesthetist with dozens of units of blood and an obstetrician tried, unsuccessfully, to stop the bleeding by removing her womb.
Still heavily hemorrhaging she was flown to the Monash Medial Centre for treatment, but was already almost unrecognisable on arrival.
Linda spent a week swollen and unconscious in intensive care as her older daughters, then aged 20, 16 and 13, began to care for their new sibling.