How to Avoid Incompetent Doctors, Medical Staff, and Hospitals (Part 1)
by Kimberlyw Ware
My son, Justin, has cerebral palsy. He has cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen to the brain at birth. I wanted to share my story in hopes that is would encourage others in similar situations and to make people aware of the problems of a ruptured uterus during birth, and how to avoid having incompetent doctors and medical staff. Even though ruptured uteruses are rare occurrences that occur during childbirth, it can still occur if hospitals and medical staff are negligent and do not take preventive measures to ensure that a rupture uterus does not occur during delivery.
The following are statistical information form the 2001 New England of Medicine: Results Uterine rupture occurred at a rate of 1.6 per 1000 among women with repeated cesarean delivery without labor (11 women), 5.2 per 1000 among women with spontaneous onset of labor (56 women), 7.7 per 1,000 among women whose labor was induced without prostaglandins (15 women), and 24.5 per 1000 among women with prostaglandin-induced labor (9 women). As compared with the risk in women with repeated cesarean delivery without labor, uterine rupture was more likely among women with spontaneous onset of labor (relative risk, 3.3; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.8 to 6.0), induction of labor without prostaglandins (relative risk, 4.9; 95 percent confidence interval, 2.4 to 9.7), and induction with prostaglandins (relative risk, 15.6; 95 percent confidence interval, 8.1 to 30.0).
In February 2007, I gave birth to my son, Justin Tyler Ware; he is my miracle baby. But with advanced technology, doctors and medical staff can take more proactive and productive measures to prevent a ruptured uterus from occurring and prevent babies from having lack of oxygen to brain.
Unfortunately, in my case, I believe that my ruptured uterus was due to pure negligence. I was a high-risk pregnancy. My pregnancy was high-risk because I have hypertension (high blood pressure) and problems with my kidneys.
Even though doctors knew that I had a higher risk, they still stuck me with a resident doctor with barely three years of experience and a nurse who barely finished nursing school. The nurse had the worse bedside manner. It was taking a long time for me to dilate so they induced me with oxytocin. She left me in my room for hours at a time and refused to get me a doctor.
I begged and pleaded with the nurse to get me a doctor and that I was in excruciating pain. I screamed and hollered at the top of my lungs and no one heard my cries. I knew that my baby was in danger but none of the medical staff would listen to me. I did not know what to do. My finance demanded that they send in a doctor but they ignored him, too. The medical staff’s actions showed me that they did not care. I felt like they were trying to kill my baby and me, and did not want to make sure he came into this world alive. They had a hard time controlling my blood pressure during delivery. I literally felt like I was in a horror movie. I wanted to get up and leave because I felt like my life and my baby’s life were in danger because most of the medical staff was incompetent and heartless. I was paralyzed from the waist down so I could not just up and leave.
The hospital’s anesthesiologist did not know what she was doing; the anesthesiologist just finished medical school and did not have any experienced doctor supervising her. She did not do a proper epidural so she had to do it again hours later. She too had the nastiest attitude about having to do the epidural again even though it was her fault.
Over and over I asked the nurse for a doctor and told her that the pain I was feeling was worse than the pain I felt with my other two children. The nurse did not budge. I asked for a new nurse but they acted like they did not hear me—I was totally ignored. I was so weak. Thirty hours passed since I first started to dilate. The resident finally came in and she told me to push but when I did it was too late. My uterus ruptured and I began hemorrhaging. I was dying and so was my baby. The resident did not know what to do. She left and came back later with a more experienced doctor.
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