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Couple Sues Doctors For Decapitating Their Baby During Labor

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Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day?

Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time.

Here's what happened to a young St. Louis couple and their unborn baby, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Twenty-one-year-old Arteisha Betts and 20-year-old Travis Ammonette got pregnant after in-vitro fertilization. During the course of the pregnancy, it became clear that the fetus was developing abnormally. His abdomen grew much faster than it was supposed to and became enlarged.

Betts and Ammonette sought help from Midwest Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a group of obstetricians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. According to the lawsuit, the couple's physician recommended that because of the fetus's oversize abdomen, the best course of action would be a cesarean section birth.

In March of last year, Betts began having pre-term contractions and was admitted to St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Her usual doctor was not available and another physician from Midwest Maternal took over. According to the suit, this doctor insisted that Betts deliver the baby vaginally, while the couple protested that they wanted a C-section and tried to get transferred to another hospital. Finally, Betts consented to the delivery "under duress and protest."

This is when things get crazy.



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28 comments
KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing topcommenter

These are called allegations for a reason.  Not that we'll ever see them, but I'm guessing there is another side of the story.

Morgan
Morgan

Yeah, setting the drama aside, why did these two kids have invitro?  Instead of focusing only on me having no sympathy for this couple, dont grasp higher thinking and wonder what kind of doc does this to 21 year olds, instead jump to shunning humanity.  Excuse me while I go weep like a dramatic weirdo.

Jen Allen Reed
Jen Allen Reed

As a labor and delivery nurse, this story makes me sick. The day I have to work with a doctor like that is the day I will hand over my RN license!

Chad Nordby
Chad Nordby

Really wishing I wasn't eating nachos right now...

Benjamin A. Snow
Benjamin A. Snow

That good ol' Obama Care! Kidding but seriously, I don't wanna eat my breakfest anymore. Thanks RFT!

Ashley Osterhagen
Ashley Osterhagen

Oh my god!!!! This is the worst story on the planet, I cannot BELIEVE they would force her to have a regular birth instead of a C-section she should have kicked these idiots in the face! And everything after that, my heart hurts for this family and that poor baby, I pray he's safe with God and this family is able to heal over this trauma. And be compensated. Millions.

Hannah Sayle
Hannah Sayle

.... this is one story i'm glad has no memphis connection.

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

-peeks through fingers and reads- good effing god... that poor couple... poor baby :(

Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

This is two horrible baby stories in one day's time, for me. I think I'm going to be ill. :(

Jessica Lussenhop
Jessica Lussenhop

We tried! "Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day? Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time."

Lucas D. Foltz
Lucas D. Foltz

You should have given a warning that this story would ruin readers day. Thanks guys.

Danielle Correll
Danielle Correll

omg that is just awful. i hope that dr. loses their license. feel awful for the parents and family. How devastating!

Meg Ante
Meg Ante

What's the point of posting this besides shock value?

Morgan
Morgan

Seriously, why are 20 and 21 year olds getting invitro?

blah
blah

 @Morgan THEY ARE 30 AND 29! AND WHY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE GETTING INVITRO GENIUS!!???

riley
riley

 @Morgan I was just about to ask the same thing!!!

Indira
Indira

you're reading an article about a baby being horrifically dismembered and decapitated and all you can focus on is the insignificant background detail that the parents underwent reproductive therapy at a young age. now if you'll excuse me, i'm gonna go sit in a corner and weep bitterly about the fate of humanity. have a nice day!

efletchr_2000
efletchr_2000

 @blah  @Morgan people of all ages can have issues getting pregnant. endometriosis could be one reason. low sperm count. stuff like that happens even to younger people. either way the story is tragic and sad. i can't imagine what they are going through

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