Incredibly disturbing story of a tragic birth episode leaves many questions and a lawsuit.
Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette, of Florissant, filed a 10-count complaint in St. Louis County Circuit Court last month claiming doctors wrongly pushed them to have a vaginal delivery, decapitated their son and then tried to cover it up, according to local Patch and Courthouse News Service.
The details of the couple’s claim are horrifying.
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 said, according to Patch.
During the birth, the boy’s head breached, but the rest of his body got stuck in the birth canal, the complaint said.
In an attempt to pull the boy loose, Webb applied traction to his head and “separated (the boy’s) head from his cervical spine,” the complaint said.
Blood “shot out” from the newborn’s neck in full view of his parents, the complaint said.
Webb then “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, the complaint said.
During the procedure, Webb “surgically and completely removed” the boy’s head from his body, the complaint said.
The doctor then tried to cover up the boy’s wounds before handing him over to his parents — though the complaint doesn’t say how he did this.
Something is definitely wrong with this story. This sort of thing doesn’t just happen. There was likely something wrong medically with the child; that they were “pushed to have a vaginal delivery” suggests that a C-section was anticipated. But the question is WHY did the doctor recommend a vaginal birth if the baby was at risk?
It’s impossible to get to the details in a news story. So, we just don’t know what happened except that it was undoubtedly traumatic. The reason why we posted this story is that it is one of the top stories on the NY Daily News site right now and you will probably hear about it from other sources.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz Jr.