Holy Crispy Crap!

Krista - posted on 09/29/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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This isn't really a debate, but I just thought I'd share.

You know how I usually say that there are no prizes for giving birth, and that the main thing is that we all walk out with a healthy baby?

Well, I take it back. This woman deserves a prize, a medal, a million dollars AND a superhero cape:

A woman has reported Lund University Hospital to Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN) after being subjected to a caesarian section without the benefit of an anaesthetic.

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The hospital has conceded that several mistakes were made during the operation as it became clear that the anaesthetic administered to the woman was not working.

During the procedure, the woman complained to the surgeon that she could still feel as layer upon layer of her abdomen was being cut through, but was told that it was too late to put her to sleep. She instead worked hard to try to stay calm.

The incident occurred at the maternity clinic, which told the newspaper that the circumstances would be reviewed and admitted that mistakes were made.


She "worked hard to try to stay calm"...Jesus wept.

http://www.thelocal.se/24896/20100210/

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Tara - posted on 10/01/2010

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holy shitcakes! That's nuts. I can't believe she could go through with it without passing out!
There would be hell to pay. Whoever in the chain of command fucked up will be working their last day. That's tantamount to torture. Albeit accidentally, it's still their mistake and they should be punished for it accordingly. To err is human I know, blah blah blah... when you choose to work in a profession that handles human life in the most vulnerable times and most risky ways you must not err. You must always be diligent and beyond reproach. There shouldn't be any excuses. The only one that would wash with me is that the batch of drugs was bad, or something along those lines.

Julie - posted on 09/30/2010

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Bullsh!t they couldn't get her under to finish the surgery. Maybe they didn't have the right materials, but general anesthetics should be a necessity in any operating room, no? As a veterinarian, I've seen patients get light before and we have no problem deepening their plane of anesthesia. Seems like no reason people should be that different.

Oh, and they report "The woman and the child have now fully recovered from their ordeal." I'd argue that poor woman will NEVER actually recover from that!

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Meghan - posted on 10/01/2010

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Holy fuck. That is just not OK. At least they admitted their mistake though. What an amazing woman to remain calm through out the ordeal. Can you imagine the adrenaline rush?

C. - posted on 10/01/2010

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Ooooh.. Wow :/ Glad they put you under Dana! That would have been unbearable.

I didn't have an epidural and felt pretty much EVERYTHING. But then again, I wasn't getting a C-section like the lady in the OP.. My heart goes out to that woman.

Dana - posted on 09/30/2010

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Wow, that's crazy Dana. After they gave me mine, the anesthesiologist poked me with a needle a couple of times so they could tell where the line of my numbness started. I couldn't feel anything from the tops of my boobs to the tip of my toes.

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Haha! My hats off to her. I had an almost similar story. They were about to cut into me and the doc says, "I'ma give you a quick pinch to make sure you can't feel anything and then we're good to go"......so he pinches me and I scream, "OOOUCH!".....apparently my epidural wasn't working properly and I still had a lot of feeling. They ended up putting me completely under instead. Thank goodness!

Tah - posted on 09/30/2010

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i'm sure she won't recover, i have ptsd from just reading it...i'm sure that baby can kiss any hope for siblings away...

C. - posted on 09/30/2010

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Wooooooowww.. That sucks.

I don't see how they couldn't give her ANYTHING at all for the pain, though. Like someone already mentioned, what about administering gas?

I agree, Krista.. She deserves every kind of award there is for going through that.

Tah - posted on 09/30/2010

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How does "St. Tah Dula and the immaculate conception sound"..because i promise you i would own that place after that happened....when i woke up form my c-section i thought they had taken turns beating me with sticks in my stomach so i know she was in pain..nobody in that room would have been calm because when i ran out of cuss words i would have started making my own up...that is fugazzzyy

Mary - posted on 09/30/2010

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WTF...it's usually pretty obvious to ALL in the room when the anesthesia isn't working. General anesthesia or sedation is not preferred until the baby is out, only because you then have a floppy kid who doesn't want to breathe, BUT, unless it is a true emergency where you cannot wait for the mom to be fully out, there is no excuse for proceeding with that surgery while she's feeling all of that. If it was a true emergency, I can see them starting before she was fully unconscious, but she should have been completely unaware before that kid was fully born, and not remembered when she wasn't because of the versed she should have been given.

The fact that they then ignored her complaints, and did not provide her with her medical records upon request is inexcusable. They need to shut that place down.

LaCi - posted on 09/30/2010

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That's so ridiculous. They pinched and prodded me so many times to make sure I was numb, and gave me two spinals because they weren't comfortable with the extent of my numbness. The doctor should lose his/her job. Thats just insane

Ez - posted on 09/30/2010

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And fuck that too Tracey. Jesus... I know mistakes happen, but ignoring a patient complaining of pain is just not on.

Tracey - posted on 09/30/2010

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During a difficult birth I was cut so badly my muscle was cut in half and fell out, the doctor sewed it back into place without painkiller as " the anaethetist was on a break and feeding my baby would release endorphins and I wouldn't feel pain" Yeah right, it felt like red hot pokers. Hospital refused to accept complaint as I was "disorientated from the birth and didn't know what I was talking about!!!"

Becky - posted on 09/29/2010

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Aaaaack! That is horrible! "Mistakes were made" - No shit, Sherlock! I hope she receives some serious compensation for that one!

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2010

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omg - I was all drowsy and shit when I opened this. When I read "caesarian section without the benefit of an anaesthetic." my eyes literally snapped open.

fucking hell... she's going to come out really ahead in this bullshit.

Alahnna - posted on 09/29/2010

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!!!! Someone's head needs to roll! The anestheticist told the doctor it wasn't working and he just ignored it!!! I'd be livid

Jodi - posted on 09/29/2010

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My mom had an emergency c-section and felt herself being cut open because they started before the anaesthetic kicked in. Thankfully, it was only a moment or two and then it kicked in...but it does happen. One of the many reasons I am terrified of ever having to have a c-section!! lol

Kate CP - posted on 09/29/2010

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I would have sat up and punched the damn surgeon in the face. "How's THAT for too late, asshole?!"

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I'm no medical professional but, when a person is in such extreme pain, can't they actually die of shock? That hospital could have killed this woman.

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OMG that's horrible! I'm not a person to automatically tell someone to sue but if anyone deserves to sue and get paid BIG, it's this woman. I'll have to read the whole article later.

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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O..M..G..It was too late to put her to sleep???!!! That's such Bull Shit! It takes two seconds to administer gas and put someone under. I should know, that's how I was born! The doctor started cutting and my mom wasn't numb. Two seconds later she was out! This is horrible!!

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