Doctors and interns at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center were having trouble inducing labor on a patient. They found out why when they switched to a Caesarian section only to find no baby in the woman’s womb.
Dr. Gerianne Geszler insisted that various doctors examined the woman before the C-section and did an epidural on her.
Now there is the remarkable thing. The North Carolina Medical Board issued the doctors a letter of concern. A letter of concern? Wow, that is right up there with a note of alarm.
The letter stated “you attempted to perform a Caesarean section delivery on Patient A after a failed attempt at induction of labor … and at the time of surgery, it was discovered the patient was not pregnant.”
The board blamed an intern with insufficient experience or training. It turned out that the patient suffered from pseudocyesis, which is the medical term for “false pregnancy.”
I guess that is why it is called Cape Fear.