For one man, seeing the miracle of birth was not exactly a vision of love, but it left quite a mark on him. A man in Australia has taken legal action against the hospital where he watched his wife give birth to her baby via Caesarean section in 2018.
The man, identified as Anil Koppula, alleged that watching the C-section caused him to develop a “psychotic illness” and several years later filed a lawsuit, claiming the experience caused the “breakup of his marriage.”
Why was the lawsuit filed?
According to the documents presented to assume his legal claim, according to The charge“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.”
Koppula further added to his claims: “That the hospital breached the duty of care owed to him and is obliged to pay him compensation.” In her legal action she seeks compensation of one billion Australian dollars from the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. In Indian rupees, her claim amounts to a whopping Rs 5.3 billion.
What is a cesarean section?
For those unfamiliar with the nitty-gritty of childbirth, a cesarean section is a surgical method used to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. Health care professionals choose this procedure when they consider it safer for the mother, baby, or both, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
There are several medical reasons to perform a C-section, such as an unusual fetal position or heart rate, complications during delivery, a larger than usual baby, infections, or other concerns.
However, it is important to note that this procedure carries certain risks, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and possible damage to the bladder or intestines.
Many health professionals have discovered that a significant portion of cesarean sections can be avoided.
How did the hospital and the court react to the lawsuit?
In many cases, women are allowed to have a partner or family member present in the operating room during the cesarean section, allowing them to witness the birth of their new baby and provide support to the mother throughout the procedure.
In its defence, the Australian hospital denied breaching its responsibility to provide care and claimed Koppula experienced no real harm by witnessing the caesarean section.
The judge in the case agreed with the hospital. Koppula had chosen to act as his own legal representative in court, and Judge James Gorton dismissed the suit, calling it an “abuse of process.”
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