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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV) -- A local family is suing a group of high-risk pregnancy specialists in Creve Coeur after they claim a doctor made a last-minute decision that led to their baby being decapitated.
The young couple says hey used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant, but the unborn baby developed renal abnormalities that caused its abdomen to become enlarged. The suit claims problems started when the wrong decision was made about how to deliver the baby.
The birth occurred in March, 2011, but the lawsuit was only filed a few days ago.
The suit was filed against Midwest Maternal - Fetal Medicineâ€”a group of obstetricians that specialize in high-risk births.
According to the lawsuit, the parents and their doctor had agreed that because of the enlarged stomach, a cesarean section would be required to safely deliver the baby.
But the suit claims when the expectant mother was admitted to the hospital, a different doctor in the group wouldnâ€™t agree to a cesarean section and would only do a vaginal birth.
The lawsuit claims that the babyâ€™s enlarged stomach caused the child to be stuck in the birth canal.
According to the lawsuit, the doctor pulled so hard on the baby to get it out that he separated the babyâ€™s head from its spine.
At that point, the lawsuit says, blood went everywhere in the delivery room. The mother was immediately rushed into an operating room. The couple claims during an emergency cesarean section, the doctor completely removed the babyâ€™s head from the rest of its body.
The suit claims that when the doctor presented the deceased infant to the parents, he had put the head back on the body and hid the neck wound. The coupleâ€™s attorney says gauze was wrapped around the babyâ€™s neck.
News 4 contacted the Midwest Maternal - Fetal Medicine group to get their reaction to the lawsuit, but no calls were returned.
That is atrocious. Truly bad. I had to put down the phone for a minute. I couldn't imagine the mother's horror and I can only hope she didn't know what was happening at the time so she isn't haunted by her helplessness in the situation.
It will take a lot for me to not place the fault squarely on the soldiers of the delivering doctor. If you are working at a high risk on office and a c section is included on the birth plan, you shouldn't just decide to overrule it because you think the national rate for c sections is too high. Maybe "Try to do it the natural way" was a poor choice at this point. I hope that Dr loses their license really and worse.
I'd need to know more but it would be difficult to learn it
That's terrible and then to conceal the deed to the parents by wrapping their deceased baby's neck in gauze! He deserves his license revoked and the hospital needs to be put on notice about this especially since the doctor overruled the parents and the other doctor's plan of c-section because I bet if that doctor had done the c-section then that baby would still be alive today!