PARENTS SUE DOCTORS FOR DECAPITATING BABY DURING BIRTH
October 18, 2012
(FLORISSANT, MISSOURI) -- Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette, of Florissant, Missouri are suing the doctors that delivered their baby.
The couple alleges the doctors wrongly pushed them into having a vaginal delivery, then decapitated their son during the delivery and then tried to cover it up, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
The couple claims that in a February 2011 doctor’s appointment, Dr. Susan Moore told them their baby boy would have to be delivered by caesarian because his abdomen was too large for a normal birth.
Ms. Betts went into labor on March 22, which is 28 weeks into what is normally would be a 40-week pregnancy.
And they allege in their claim that the delivering doctor at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Gilbert Webb, refused to perform a C-section and "would only agree to deliver her baby by way of attempted trial of vaginal delivery."
The complaint further states that Webb refused to allow them to go to a different hospital, and that Betts consented to a trial of vaginal delivery “under duress and protest."
During the birth, the boy's head breached, but the rest of his body got stuck in the birth canal, the complaint said and in an effort to pull the boy loose, Webb allegedly applied traction to his head and "separated (the boy's) head from his cervical spine," with the result that blood "shot out" from the newborn's neck in full view of his parents, the complaint said.
The complaint also alleges the doctor "pushed" the boy's head and body back into the birth canal and scrambled to perform a C-section, slicing into Betts before anesthesia kicked in, and during the procedure, Webb "surgically and completely removed" the boy's head from his body.
The hospital was not name in the lawsuit.
The full report can be found here