Arteisha Betts (pictured left) and Travis Ammonette (pictured) are suing a pair of obstetricians for allegedly decapitating their baby boy during his March 22, 2011, delivery then trying to hide the fatal error by shoving the child’s body and severed head back in to the Mom’s birth canal, reports the New York Daily News.
After conceiving their baby via in-vitro fertilization, the Florissant, Miss., couple anticipated the birth of their baby boy whom they had named Kaden Travis. As Betts progressed in her pregnancy, doctors began to notice some abnormalities with regards to the baby’s abdomen, which was growing unusually large.
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According to the complaint, which the couple filed in the courts last September, the defendants, Drs. Susan Moore and Gilbert W. Webb (pictured below), both practice at the Midwest Maternity & Fetal Medicine Services, a clinic that specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
The couple contend that Dr. Moore had advised them during a routine appointment that the childbirth had to be done via C-section due to the child’s accelerated abdomen growth.
When Betts began having contractions at 28 weeks, Dr. Webb, who was the attending physician at the time, not only allegedly refused to conduct the recommended C-section but did not allow the couple to seek medical services at another hospital facility.
The complaint elaborates:
“Believing 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.”
During the birthing procedure, the baby’s head was reportedly first delivered vaginally, followed by his shoulders, then an arm. Unfortunately, due to the child’s large abdomen, Dr. Webb could not fully dislodge the baby vaginally.
The complaint further states, that in the process of tugging, Dr. Webb allegedly separated the baby’s head from his torso.
Betts and Ammonette claimed to have witnessed the gore that took place before them when the child was decapitated, with blood shooting out everywhere. According to the complaint,
“When defendant Webb separated decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette’s head from his cervical spine, blood from the arteries and veins in decedent’s neck shot out, splattered and/or spilled out in to the labor and delivery room in plain view of and in close proximity to plaintiffs Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette.”
At this point, Webb made the decision to perform an emergency C-Section but only after he had allegedly shoved the decapitated fetus back into the birth canal.
The physician is accused of then making an incision in Betts’ abdomen before she was even anesthetized to perform the C-section.
The couple allege in the suit that their son “suffered an untimely and agonizing death.”
Betts and Ammonette are requesting punitive damages in the suit, which alleges wrongful death, medical negligence, and negligent infliction or emotional distress from both doctors and from the medical facility where they practice as well.
The suit does not name the hospital where the incident took place.