According to a lawsuit filed in San Diego County, a doctor cut open a mom-to-be without anesthesia for an emergency C-section, while the woman cried and screamed in pain.
The woman told the doctors that she felt everything until she passed out from the enormous pain.
The 25-year-old and her fiance sued Tri-City Medical Center located in Oceanside, California last month with the claims of medical malpractice and emotional distress from the procedure.
A spokesperson for the medical center stated that patient safety and quality are the utmost priorities for Tri-City Medical center, and called the couple’s claims “outrageous”. According to them, the mother-to-be was given anesthesia.
The statement read:
“The patient was administered anesthesia prior to the surgery. We are pleased that the baby is ‘healthy’ and ‘happy.'”
The couple said that the doctor appeared to rub something on Delphina Mota’s skin just before the surgery, which they assume was some sort of local anesthetic. However, Mota said that she felt everything as the doctor begun the C-section.
She told that she started screaming and the last thing she remembers is passing out, and they had to hold her down because her whole body was feeling the pain.
Mota and her fiancé, Paul Iheanachor, went into the hospital when she was more than 41 weeks pregnant at the time and they expected labor to be induced.
The doctors could no longer pick up the heartbeat of the baby the following morning, so her doctor, Sandra Lopez, called for an emergency C-section.
Mota remembers that the nurses and the doctors ripped all the wires from her, took her to the operating room and an anesthesiologist was called multiple times. However, according to the complaint, the anesthesiologist did not answer the call.
“I heard them say that they had called the anesthesiologist numerous times but got no response. I heard them call him on the intercom.” – says Dota’s fiancé.
The mother-to-be had been given an epidural the previous night, but it had no effect on the surgical site because the C-section was located on her abdomen. Mora says that the whole room was in chaos and she heard the doctor say: ‘We have to do it, we have to do it,’.
The complaint filed in court states that Lopez told the anesthesiologist, David Seif, to strap Mota down. Her legs and arms were strapped to the table before the doctor began to make the incision.
Lopez describes in the “Operative Report” that she had to make the incision without anesthesia before Seif, the anesthesiologist walked into the room. The complaint reads:
“[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.
The father says that he understands why the decision was made to operate because it was either take the baby out as soon as possible or she could have possibly died. However, he questions why the hospital was not better prepared.
No one should have to go through that type of surgery, he says.
Thankfully, their daughter Cali is now 7 months old and doing well. The couple asks for $5.75 million in damages in the claim filed against the hospital.