New York Hospital Accused of C-Section Surgery On Non-Pregnant Sixteen-Year-Old Girl

There is a shocking account out of New York of alleged malpractice where doctors at the New York Downtown Hospital are accused of starting a C-section on a woman only to discover that she was not pregnant. While the incident has been denied, witnesses confirmed the mistaken C-section surgery in sworn depositions.

The allegations surfaced in litigation in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in 2008 by former NYDH doctor, Suarna Mehulic.

Dr. Lana Boter answered affirmatively when asked whether there was “a C-section was performed on a patient at the hospital who was not pregnant?”

The patient in the 2007 incident was reportedly 16 years old. Dr. Anca Rosca also confirmed the procedure. She said that she did a sonogram but handed it over to an attending physician. She refuted the characterization of a botched C-section with a distinction that would likely not move a jury: “Nobody cut into the uterus to do a C-section. That’s what a cesarean section is, to cut into the uterus.” Yet, she confirmed that a surgery was performed on the girl.

The hospital may be making the same precious distinction when warning “no C-section has ever been performed in our hospital on a woman who was not pregnant, and if you were to suggest otherwise it would be an egregious and inflammatory error.”

The hospital however is not very credible in some quarters. Last year it had to pay $13.4 million in settlements for fraud claims from 2002 to 2006.

What I find interesting is the absence of any reference to a lawsuit or settlement with the girl. If a surgery was performed, I would be interested in understanding what the girl was told after it was discovered that she was not pregnant. As discussed in Mohr v. Williams, 104 N.W. 12 (Minn. 1905), even successful surgeries can be battery without knowing consent. If she did sign a waiver covering the procedure, there remains the question of gross negligence. Was she fully informed after the surgery of the alleged mistake?

Source: NBC

23 thoughts on “New York Hospital Accused of C-Section Surgery On Non-Pregnant Sixteen-Year-Old Girl”

  1. I am amazed Saint Vincents Hospital Closed and this disorganized, unsafe, dirty facility remains open. I always called it the “Land ofthe Misfits” as no well trained nurse or doctor would ever practice there unless there was an outlying issue…Incompetent RN, Foreign grad plysician…ect..
    That poor vunerable community that has no clue as to what lies behind the walls at NY Downtown!
    Always a bad bad place…always will be……ALWAYS!
    NYCState Board of Health…wheres your interevention??

  2. Denis,
    I think you have anger management issues.
    I think you are the one that actually needs help.
    I am glad you think so highly of your self.
    I am starting to think all this is just a revenge issue and has nothing to do with doing the right thing.

  3. I really feel sorry for you and your soul.

    Better be religious and do not harm people than live in a sin by smoking,

    drinking, gambling and adultery that is your common medicine, you can’t

    wait until the end of the week (Friday ) to relax with drinking, gambling

    and adultery non believers live in polygamy (marriage for non believers is a

    strange thing ) swapping and changing partners by men and women is a

    common practice-violence look at the TV programs stupid realities shows,

    that honor things mentioned above. Watch TV -news after news after news

    (horrible things) every single day. Breaking the laws is the common thing.

    This is life without purpose from day to day, from paycheck to paycheck,

    from week to week. For non believers that is fine and okay.You can call me

    crazy, but at least I have a purpose in my life. We are human beings and we

    have the responsibility, we are not animals. Every deed you do in this life is

    written and recorded by angels.They are assigned to you everywhere you

    go !!! You can’t escape this. Your final (soul) destination will depend on it.

    This is called Judgement Day !!! You will be asked what did you do in this

    life!!! I feel sorry for you because you are missing most important thing in

    your life !!! This is not a joke !!!

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