The hospital is accused of providing inadequate prenatal care and flushing a miscarried fetus.
In a new $ 2 million lawsuit, a couple claim the university hospital flushed a woman’s fetus in the toilet after a miscarriage. They are also suing the medical staff she saw in May 2018 when she was suffering from severe abdominal pain. The couple knew that the patient was 16 weeks pregnant when she arrived at the hospital.
The plaintiff said she had to wait 45 minutes to be withdrawn and instead of being treated after the initial exam, she was sent back to the waiting area and had contractions five minutes apart, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. “Back then,” the suit said, “she was finally seen by a doctor who performed an ultrasound on the woman and confirmed a heart rate of 150 beats per minute for the 16-week-old fetus … The doctor was disrespectful and disrespectful.” rude to her during the ordeal and treated her like she was faking her discomfort before attempting to discharge her from the emergency room. “The woman, the suit added, told the doctor that she was in pain and needed treatment. However, the doctor instructed her to leave the emergency room. “
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On the way out, the patient went to the toilet, still in pain, where her water broke shortly after she was discharged. “Instead of nursing,” said the suit, “the woman was given a hospital gown and wet wipes and was not checked after her water broke.” The woman then went into the bathroom and sat on the toilet, where she finally passed the child. “
In shock, the lawsuit continues and the woman screamed, “I lost my baby!” A nurse and the doctor told her to clean up and return to an exam room. “The fetus was flushed into the toilet by the doctor and nurse while it was still in the toilet. [The doctor] left the toilet and told [the woman] She miscarried with the outrageous and carefree admission that ‘everything has gone down the drain’. “
The fetus was eventually discovered at Augusta Sewage Treatment after the incident and DNA testing confirmed it was hers. Instead of documenting in medical records that she had a miscarriage, the lawsuit states, “Doctors and nurses falsified records to show that she was in the bathroom, there were tissues and blood clots – not a fetus.”
“The behavior of the defendants alleged here shows willpower, malice, arbitrariness, oppression and the total lack of care that leads to the presumption of deliberate indifference to the circumstances,” the lawsuit reads.
The couple’s lawyer, Harry Revell, added that his clients allege medical malpractice, “improper disposal of the fetus without consent”. He stated, “The law makes it very clear that you cannot dispose of a corpse without using the correct methods and methods, especially the consent and notification of the parent, which clearly has not been given here.”
The hospital responded in a statement: “We did not see the lawsuit, but we spent a lot of time studying the patient’s course of treatment and we are confident that no one purposely flushed a fetus in the toilet.”
A $ 2 million lawsuit was filed against the University Hospital after a woman accused them of knowingly flushing a miscarriage in the toilet
Lawsuit against hospital accused of flushing fetus in the toilet