Skip to comments.mother's nightmare as baby born deformed after doctors misdiagnose ectopic pregnancy
Posted on 01/24/2012 7:17:44 PM PST by Niuhuru
A mother is suing the obstetrician who she claims misdiagnosed her pregnancy as ectopic and injected her foetus with an abortant, resulting in birth defects.
Thirty-five-year-old Rachel Schoger of Caldwell, Idaho, says she was four weeks five days pregnant with her daughter, Seraphine, when her doctor injected her foetus with chemotherapy drug methotrexate in 2006.
Two weeks later, the baby was found inside the uterus. And against all odds, Seraphine made it through term.
But the little girl will never lead a normal life, her mother says, after she was born without reproductive organs or a rectum as a result of the injection.
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How does one make a mistake like this?
I really don’t know. That is just horrible.
Thank God for this precious child’s life! It doesn’t matter if she can have children. I’d be celebrating her life against all odds. God must surely have a special plan for her.
You tell me. You would really have to tell me.
I bet He does; besides, with medical technology being what it is, quite frankly I am more than sure that something will be done for the little mite.
too bad she wasn’t able to exercise her “constitutional right” to abortion.
This has nothing to do with “the constitutional right to abortion” unless you are talking about “the right to an abortion when the mother’s life is in grave danger.”
It is about misdiagnosis and malpractice - the mother being told the baby had implanted in her Fallopian tube, where it would have no chance of survival and where the mother’s life was threatened by a ruptured tube, and her three other small children with the loss of their mother.
When the mother was told the diagnosis was in error she continued with the pregnancy in spite of a very high risk of birth defect or pregnancy loss. Most women in that position opt to finish the abortion.
in rare cases of ectopic pregnancy, there may be two fertilized eggs, one outside the uterus and the other inside. This is called a heterotopic pregnancy. Often the intrauterine pregnancy is discovered later than the ectopic, mainly because of the painful emergency nature of ectopic pregnancies. Since ectopic pregnancies are normally discovered and removed very early in the pregnancy, an ultrasound may not find the additional pregnancy inside the uterus. When hCG levels continue to rise after the removal of the ectopic pregnancy, there is the chance that a pregnancy inside the uterus is still viable. This is normally discovered through an ultrasound. (Wikipedia)
I believe the methotrexate is not "injected into the fetus", but intramuscularly into the mother. If the doctor located the fetus well enough on the ultrasound to inject it, there would be no excuse for misdiagnosing its location.
that was my point, only I was being sarcastic and you seemed to have missed the irony. I'm pretty sure I understand why.
I know you were being sarcastic. I think you were condemning this woman for having an abortion. What I am saying is that she never would have had an abortion if she had not been misdiagnosed, and does not deserve your condemnation. I am also saying that ending an ectopic pregnancy is morally licit.
You’d probably better spell out why you think I missed the irony, because I’m slow today too.