A woman in California entered into a coma caused by an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. Her family is now accusing the medical facility because the specialists failed to identify the inner bleeding which prompted her trance state. Lisa Avila, a 36 pregnant woman woke up on February 14 with severe stomach pain. Together with her spouse they went to the Anaheim Regional Medical Center’s emergency section to find out whether was anything the wrong with her 12 week pregnancy.
Specialists performed check-up using ultrasound equipment and did not find anything out of the ordinary, concluding that the women and her unborn child were alright and the pain she had just experienced was something common. The doctors prescribed her some painkillers and released her.
Only later it was discovered that the doctors not noticing anything wrong using the ultrasound prompted them to fail diagnosing the ectopic pregnancy, a medical condition where the baby grows outside the uterus.
Avila’s spouse went to the drug store and left the expecting mother in their family car. When he returned, the woman had lost her consciousness and was breathing with difficulties. Avila was surged once more to the same medical facility where she was diagnosed with internal bleeding caused by the ectopic pregnancy.
Ectopic pregnancies don’t have high incidence but they are not uncommon either. In the US about 1 percent of all pregnancies are diagnosed as ectopic ones. Normally, such conditions can be rapidly spotted but sometimes, they stay concealed during ultrasound screenings.
Dr. Keith Eddleman, the chief of obstetrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan clarifies that if a pregnant woman displays indications of abdominal pain and bleeding during the first semester and ultrasound doesn’t spot any fetus in the uterus while the pregnancy test is confirmed, the first suspicion must be connected to an ectopic pregnancy.
It is imperative that such conditions are diagnosed early as they become a threat to the patient’s life. This occurs when the future baby develops in the Fallopian tube to such a degree (around the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy) that it can’t hold the developing fetus anymore and blasts, bringing about the internal bleeding.
It was uncommon that Lisa managed hold the pregnancy until the twelfth week. One day after her readmission, she slipped into a coma and had to be surged for an emergency intervention.
Anaheim Regional Medical Center has discharged an announcement for the situation. The announcement wrote that patient security is of most extreme significance to them and they are dedicated to offering the best quality care to each patient of the facility.
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