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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.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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.
In a follow-up statement issued Friday, Tri-City Medical called the couple’s claims “outrageous” and said that, despite the claims made in the suit, the mother-to-be was given anesthesia.
“The patient was administered anesthesia prior to the surgery,” the hospital said in the statement. “We are pleased that the baby is ‘healthy’ and ‘happy.'”
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. 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.”
Tri-City Medical Center officials did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News questions whether Mota was given any anesthesia in addition to the epidural mentioned in the suit.
Mom given emergency C-section without anesthesia, lawsuit claims https://t.co/5ggPnriLzc
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 1, 2018
“Once I felt it, I was just screaming like, ‘Stop. I can feel it. I can feel it. And after that, I’m pretty sure I passed out from the pain,” Delphina Mota said, describing the pain of an emergency C-Section she said she had without anesthesia. https://t.co/y8KHK8RiZS
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) August 1, 2018
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