Abnormal placental attachments, such as placenta accreta, increta or percrata, can result in increased morbidity and mortality because of the risk of severe postpartum haemorrhage. We aimed to present the management of spinal anaesthesia and surgical approach for emergent caesarean section because of vaginal bleeding in a multiparous pregnant woman with placenta previa at 36 weeks' gestation. Hyperbaric bupivacaine 12 mg, fentanyl 10 mu g and morphine 150 mu g were intrathecally administered for spinal anaesthesia. Oxytocin, methyl ergonovin and tranexamic acid were administered after umbilical cord clamping. Breech delivery of the baby was provided by a vertical incision to the uterus for avoiding placental harm. Subtotal hysterectomy was performed leaving the placenta in situ. Two units of red blood cells were transfused during the operation, lasting approximately 40 min. The patient was uneventfully discharged on the postoperative fourth day. In conclusion, a single-shot spinal anaesthesia was successfully maintained without conversion to general anaesthesia until the end of the hysterectomy in the patient in whom placenta increta was observed during caesarean delivery.