A 25-year-old pregnant woman was crying and screaming at the top of her lungs, when she under-went C-Section Without Anesthesia
A California doctor cut open a mom-to-be without anesthesia for an emergency cesarean section as the woman cried and screamed in pain, according to a lawsuit filed in San Diego County.
According to the complaint, the woman told doctors that she felt everything until she eventually passed out from the pain.
Last month, the 25-year-old woman and her fiancé sued Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California, claiming medical malpractice and emotional distress from the procedure.
“Patient safety and quality are the utmost priorities for Tri-City Medical Center and all of our partners,” a spokesperson for medical center said in a statement. “Tri-City Healthcare District cannot comment further on pending litigation.”
According to court documents, Delphina Mota and her fiancé, Paul Iheanachor, walked into the hospital on the morning of Nov. 15. Mota was more than 41 weeks pregnant at the time and they expected labor to be induced.
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By 5:21 a.m. the following morning, however, doctors could no longer pick up the heartbeat of the baby and her doctor, Sandra Lopez, called for an emergency C-section, according to court documents.
Mota was taken to an operating room and an anesthesiologist was called multiple times but, according to the complaint, he did not answer the call.
Mota had been given an epidural the previous night, but according to the complaint, “it had no effect on the surgical site for the C-section, which was located on her abdomen.”
The anesthesiologist, David Seif, continued to be paged when Lopez, according to the complaint, said, “Strap her down.”
Mota’s arms and legs were strapped to the table just before the doctor began to make the incision.
In Lopez’s “Operative Report,” which is quoted in the complaint, the doctor described how she made the incision without anesthesia and separated Mota’s abdomen muscles to reach her uterus before Seif, the anesthesiologist, walked into the room.
“[Mota] was crying and screaming at the top of her lungs, that she could feel everything that was happening and was also pleading for help, and for Defendants to stop cutting her,” until she passed out, according to the complaint.
Her fiancé, who was standing near the door to the operating room, had apparently tried to walk in but was stopped.
Iheanachor and Mota could not immediately be reached for comment.
The couple told the Los Angeles Times their daughter, Cali, is now 7 months old and doing well.
“The baby is perfect,” Iheanachor told the paper.
In a claim filed against the hospital, the couple asked for $5.75 million in damages.
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