Meet Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette from St. Louis, Missouri.
A gorgeous couple who, in 2011, was expecting a son.
Until a doctor decided for them, if they would get that son.
The court documents read like a horror story.
The 10-complaint lawsuit cites Midwest Maternal & Fetal Medicine Services, LLC, Signature Medical Group Inc and the two doctors. However, the suit does not list St John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, where the bungled delivery too place in March 2001, as a defendant.
According to the court filing, Betts and Ammonette were told by Dr Moore during a February 2011 appointment that the baby will have to be delivered via C-section rather than vaginally because the child had an abnormally large abdomen, Patch Florissant reported.
But when the expectant mother prematurely went into labor on March 22 only 28 weeks and five days into her term, the complaint indicates that Dr Webb ‘would not agree’ to the Cesarean and ‘would only deliver her baby by way of attempted trial of vaginal delivery.’
The couple claim that the obstetrician also refused to let them go to a different hospital for a Cesarian.
‘Believing that she had no other choice than to agree to a trial of vaginal delivery, plaintiff Arteisha Betts consented to a trial of vaginal delivery under duress and protest,’ according to the complaint.
The infant’s head was delivered in the first stage of the birthing process, but in the second stage which got under way at around 10.30pm, the lawsuit claims that his large abdomen became lodged in the birth canal.
According to the complaint, Dr Webb applied traction to the child’s head in an attempt to dislodge his body, at which point the infant was decapitated.
Citing the complaint, the Courthouse News Services reported that blood shot out from the baby’s arteries and veins, spilling onto the floor in full view of the mother and Ammonette, who was sitting only two to four feet away from the birthing bed.
The lawsuit states that Webb then ‘pushed decedent’s head and body back into plaintiff Arteisha Betts’ birth canal’ and called for an emergency C-section.
The doctor started cutting into the woman’s abdomen before the anesthesia fully set in, causing her great pain and suffering in the process, the suit says.
During the procedure, the doctor ‘surgically and completely removed’ the child’s head from his neck and torso.
Before handing the little boy named Kaden Travis to his parents, Webb had allegedly ‘intentionally concealed’ his neck wounds, although the complaint does not specify how it was done.
RIP Baby Kaden.