Dad sues the hospital for $642 million after witnessing his wife’s cesarean section: “It caused me to have a psychotic illness”

Maybe you thought it was a “transparent section.”

A man in Australia has sued the hospital where he watched his wife give birth to a baby via Caesarean section in 2018, claiming it caused her a “psychotic illness.”

The new father, Anil Koppula, filed the lawsuit several years after the successful operation, stating that the experience caused a “breakdown of his marriage.”

In documents filed to support his claim, “Mr. Koppula alleges that he was encouraged or allowed to observe the birth and that, in doing so, he saw his wife’s internal organs and blood.”

Furthermore, Koppula claims “that the Hospital breached the duty of care it owed it and is obliged to pay it compensation for damages.”

Their lawsuit seeks compensation from Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital of A$1 billion, the equivalent of more than US$642 million.

A cesarean section is the surgical delivery of a baby through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Health care providers use it when they believe it is safer for the mother and/or baby.

A man in Australia has sued the hospital where he watched his wife give birth by Caesarean section in 2018, claiming it caused her a “psychotic illness.”

There are several medical reasons why a cesarean section may be performed: an abnormal fetal position or heart rate, delivery problems, a large baby, infections, or other concerns.

There are risks associated with the procedure, including infection, bleeding, blood clots, and injury to the bladder or intestines.

In one recent case, a woman in England was given just hours to live after developing a sepsis infection following a routine cesarean section.

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Nearly a third of all births in the United States were cesarean sections, despite the risks and high cost of the procedures.Nearly a third of all U.S. births occurred by cesarean section, despite the risks and high cost of the procedures.Getty Images

And earlier this month, a woman complaining of chronic pain discovered she had a surgical tool the size of a dinner plate inside her abdomen more than a year after giving birth to her baby via C-section.

Several health experts have found that many C-sections are unnecessary: ​​Overall, 31.8% (nearly a third) of all U.S. births were C-sections, according to KFF Health News, despite the risks and high cost of procedures. .

Women are often allowed to have a partner or family member in the room while they have their C-section, so they can witness the birth of the new baby and support the mother during the procedure.

The Australian hospital has said it had not breached a “duty of care” and Koppula did not suffer any actual injury from the Caesarean section he observed.

And the judge agreed: Koppula decided to represent himself in court, where Judge James Gorton dismissed the lawsuit, calling the lawsuit an “abuse of process.”

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