Thursday, April 3, 2014

Woman Who Got Pregnant After Having Tubes Tied Sued Surgeon For 'Wrongful Pregnancy'

Here's an interesting story out of Illinois. Several years ago Cynthia Williams underwent a tubal ligation procedure so she wouldn't have children. The doctor, Bryon Rosner, guaranteed his work. To her astonishment Cynthia found out she was pregnant six months later. So she sued Dr Rosner for medical malpractice. There's an added layer to this story: Both Cynthia and her husband are sickle cell* carriers and knew if they were to procreate their child will certainly inherit the disease and a lifetime of pain or crises. Their daughter, Kennadi, who's now 4, and suffers from pain. A judge has ruled if Dr Rosner was negligent, he should pay to treat all of of Kennadi's medical bills relating to sickle cell complications until she turns 18.

* Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. Normally, your red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through your blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body. There's no cure for most people with sickle cell anemia. However, treatments can relieve pain and help prevent further problems associated with sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is one of the most common inherited blood anemias. The disease primarily affects Africans and African Americans. In addition to the severe pain and fatigue, the disease can damage your spleen, an organ that fights infection. This may make individuals more vulnerable to infections. It also can slow growth in infants and children and delay puberty in teenagers and cause vision problems.

sources: WFLD | MayoClinic

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