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Mother claims that her C-section was a surgery gone wrong

Cesarean sections can be an enormously useful procedure for pregnant mothers whose lives are threatened due to pregnancy or labor. However, one mother claims that one of her C-sections was a surgery gone wrong and may have done more harm than good. The rising number of C-sections is likely affecting New Jersey mothers as well, as the CDC reported that Cesareans accounted for roughly a third of all births in 2012.

Despite having undergone two previous C-sections, when the mother in question arrived at the hospital in labor, she hoped to have a vaginal delivery. Although she was permitted to try for a natural birth for an undisclosed number of hours, she says that she spent that time arguing with attending doctors. She says that she was even told that she was essentially committing child abuse if she continued to refuse a section.

Eventually, she alleges that she was taken back to the operating room for a forced C-section that she did not consent to. She further claims that even as she was in the operating room, she pleaded to be given more time. According to her, the doctor instructed her to be quiet. During the operation, she says that the doctor actually cut her bladder.

Although the hospital that the C-section was performed at boasts a slightly smaller C-section rate than the national average, this mother still believes that the hospital overrode her rights as a patient and a mother to refuse a procedure that she deemed unnecessary. Her medical malpractice claim also claims that her surgery gone wrong not only caused damage to her bladder but that the medical staff also threatened her. The hospital denied that their actions were out of bounds and that their actions were intended to protect both the mother and her child. New Jersey mothers who have undergone similar procedures might also find that a medical malpractice claim can help ease the financial and physical burden that an allegedly unwarranted C-section can cause.

Source: The New York Times, "Mother Accuses Doctors of Forcing a C-Section and Files Suit", Anemona Hartocollis, May 16, 2014

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