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(Melbourne Herald Sun)   Woman's caesarean section goes off without a hitch. Well, except that she wasn't pregnant   (heraldsun.news.com.au ) divider line 170
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2003-09-11 10:54:30 AM  
"Her build was such that it was hard to exclude that [she was pregnant]"

"Never, ever say anything about a woman being pregnant until you actually see a baby coming out of her"
-Dave Barry
 
2003-09-11 11:13:00 AM  
WTF!?!
 
2003-09-11 11:14:38 AM  
She's gonna give birth to a bouncing baby assload of cash. They were right for the wrong reasons.
 
2003-09-11 11:15:15 AM  
wow.... ok...
 
2003-09-11 11:15:25 AM  
I'm sure she was a big fat cow. She probably has no friends because she sits at home all day watching Jerry - so she said she was pregnant to get attention.
 
2003-09-11 11:15:32 AM  
I've heard about the opposite...
Woman goes to toilet to relive great pain in tummy.
Out comes baby.
 
2003-09-11 11:17:04 AM  
so does this count as a Darwin Award???
 
2003-09-11 11:17:09 AM  
If they did an ultrasound, couldn't they tell there was no baby?? Me thinks someone messed up...
 
2003-09-11 11:17:59 AM  
I can see it now "oh, those stupid doctors...blah blah blah"

Summary:
1) The woman said she was pregnant.
2) The woman looked pregnant.
3) The woman suffered sever abdo--adbo...ambdo...abominable...abdominal pains.
4) She then had a heart attack and virtually died.
5) Doctors decided, in that time of crisis, to do a c-section to save the baby they thought was there.

Sounds like the doctors did the right thing. If you thought you were pregnant and had abdominal cramps and thought you were going in to labor, and then had a heart attack, would you expect doctors to say "um, pee on this strip of paper first...."
 
2003-09-11 11:18:13 AM  
the mother and her fat are doing fine
 
2003-09-11 11:18:30 AM  
governmnet coverup! They have acuired the knowledge to extract the aliens!
 
2003-09-11 11:19:06 AM  
If they did an ultrasound, couldn't they tell there was no baby?? Me thinks someone messed up.

Maybe she had just eaten a baby?

A male friend of mine had an ultrasound to check out his liver, and he says he swears it looked like there was a baby in there.
 
2003-09-11 11:19:14 AM  
Oops!
 
2003-09-11 11:20:34 AM  
She said that she was 38-weeks pregnant. Maybe they just missed the baby behind a fat fold.
 
2003-09-11 11:20:36 AM  
Woman tells the EMT's in the ambulance that she's pregnant, and promptly goes into cardiac arrest before this can be confirmed. What do you expect the doctors to do? Risk the life of a possible child, or make 100% sure she really is pregnant and possibly have the baby die? After all, who better to know if she's pregnant that herself.
 
2003-09-11 11:20:38 AM  
I was in a market around the corner from my house and a "larger" woman was in front of me. The owner of the small market, allso at register, asked "When are you due?"....ya', she stormed out after exclaiming "I'm not pregnant!!"........
 
2003-09-11 11:20:58 AM  
Maybe they shoulda done some liposuction while they were in there.
 
2003-09-11 11:21:18 AM  
Maybe she said she was pregnant because she was ashamed of being fat?
 
2003-09-11 11:21:39 AM  
no, this deserves the [dumbass] award... doctors and staff alike... how are you going to "diagnose" somone with pregnancy, and not have acutal proof... stoopid...
 
2003-09-11 11:22:06 AM  
I call bullshiat.
A baby's heartbeat is monitored at least half a dozen times during pregnancy and constantly during labor.

No O.B. would do a c-section on a fatty w/o knowing there's a baby in there.
 
2003-09-11 11:22:11 AM  
A male friend of mine had an ultrasound to check out his liver, and he says he swears it looked like there was a baby in there.

wrong sex, real phenomenon. It's not unprecendented for an embryo to implant on the liver.

/we now return you to your regularly scheduled "ewwwww"
 
2003-09-11 11:22:16 AM  
Kinda gives new meaning to the term "baby fat".
 
2003-09-11 11:22:33 AM  
Alagfuin-lmao there has got to be a way to give this woman...or the doctors a darwin award.....theres just gotta!
 
2003-09-11 11:22:34 AM  
lukelightning
Sounds like the doctors did the right thing. If you thought you were pregnant and had abdominal cramps and thought you were going in to labor, and then had a heart attack, would you expect doctors to say "um, pee on this strip of paper first...."

They could have performed an ultrasound to confirm that she was pregnant. Oh, wait. They did.

Now I'm no fancy doctor-type, but it seems to my simple way of thinking that an ultrasound to confirm she was pregnant should be able to do just that.
 
2003-09-11 11:24:09 AM  
Doesn't all activity in the brain stem have to cease before someone is declared clinically dead?
 
2003-09-11 11:24:18 AM  
Ultrasound is not designed to penetrate 12 inches of solid lard.
 
2003-09-11 11:24:38 AM  
Did Jesus zap her for telling the lie about the baby? (Wondering if I need to find religion...)
 
2003-09-11 11:25:09 AM  
I knew a woman who had an 8-pound cyst removed from her abdomen, but she was so large to begin with that there was no visible difference between her "before" and "after".

I don't see how this supports the midwives' case. It sounds like this woman wasn't voluntarily seeking any kind of prenatal care if she said she was 38 WEEKS (that's 9.5 months!!) pregnant but hadn't had a physician confirm otherwise during those 38 weeks.

p.s. neither for nor against midwife care, I'm just picking on their weird, weird argument.
 
2003-09-11 11:25:18 AM  
It'$ $o $trange to think that thing$ like thi$ can happen with modern medicine. Well my only hope is that $he can ju$t put thi$ incident behind her and find $ome way of finding $ome piece of mind after $omething $o $hockingly horrible.
 
2003-09-11 11:25:36 AM  
What do you call the guy that graduates last in medical school?

Doctor.
 
2003-09-11 11:25:40 AM  
should have given her a stomache staple while they were in there
 
2003-09-11 11:25:47 AM  
wrong sex, real phenomenon. It's not unprecendented for an embryo to implant on the liver.

You're right...ewwwww!

Anyways, all your organs pretty much look like a blob when you get an ultrasound...and embryos look like blobs. That's why it takes a trained person to interpret an ultrasound.
 
2003-09-11 11:26:02 AM  
As prop 12 goes for a vote this weekend in Tx, I have been listening closely to the debate on lawsiut abuse. This prop would cap non-economic damages (pain and suffering.)
IF this woman sues, and thanks to lukelightning for his 5 point summary, she should NOT receive millions for the scar!!
ooo- doctor tried to save my life based on what I told them! I lied, but it is their fault! I'm gona win the lawsuit lottery!!!
Sometimes things happen. Can you sue God? Then get over it.
 
2003-09-11 11:26:26 AM  
lukelightning: Is your friend in the medical profession? The doctors/techs are trained for this and know what to look for. Something's not right...
 
2003-09-11 11:27:09 AM  
Don't forget about blood tests, people. This is a clear and simple case of malpractice. Don't read too much into it.
 
2003-09-11 11:27:14 AM  
Womb with a view.
 
2003-09-11 11:27:33 AM  
Blaze588

Now that's funny.
 
2003-09-11 11:28:38 AM  
You had a statement by the patient that she was pregnant, she had the appearance of pregnancy, there was an emergency situation where people weren't thinking things through (as people usually don't in emergencies). Barring any longterm complications from the c-section, they should just say "no harm no foul"

Hopefully, Australia isn't filled with asshat trial lawyers looking for fat malpractice verdicts.
 
2003-09-11 11:28:53 AM  
I can't wait for armageddon (the real event, not the shiathouse movie). I figure there are tons more stupid people on earth than there are smart people, so when 99.9% of the population is killed, alot more stupid people will die than smart people. Yaay!

/only half joking
 
2003-09-11 11:29:30 AM  
What? And they didn't find a tumor with teeth and hair growing inside of her? Bummer.

On an unrelated note, I had a 10 pound cyst removed from my abdomen, and you wouldn't have known it was there. I didn't look pregnant, just very slightly bloated. The ultrasound was cool, though. My beloved cyst had all of these little chambers filled with fluid, and when the doctor pressed down on my tummy, the cyst walls would jiggle on the ultrasound's monitor.

Maybe that was more "gross" than "cool", but anatomical anomalies don't bother me much.
 
2003-09-11 11:29:33 AM  
Funny how people are able to draw clear conclusions on both sides of the case having only read a 300 word article.

And I mean "funny" = "ha ha"
 
2003-09-11 11:29:40 AM  
smarterthanyou
she obviously didn't have any prenatal care or she would have been informed she was not pregnant. the doctors made the best choice under the circumstances. i wonder if this was her "first" pregnancy. i've had two babies myself (both c-section) and there's just no mistaking the feeling of a baby moving inside.
 
2003-09-11 11:30:10 AM  
ruta- 38 weeks is ~8.5 months pregnant. The due date is usually considered to be 40 weeks.
 
2003-09-11 11:30:13 AM  
lukelightning: Is your friend in the medical profession?

Sorry, I should have explained: he had to get an ultrasound to check out his liver ('cuz of hepatitis), and when the doctor was showing it to him he said "hey, that looks just like a baby!" He didn't seriously think he was pregnant, and the doctor didn't say "hey, you're pregnant."

Which is good, because then he probably would have had a heart attack and then a c-section...
 
2003-09-11 11:30:31 AM  
i bet the doctors got their medical training in Florida
 
2003-09-11 11:30:52 AM  
I met a friend of my wife who looked to be in advance stages of pregnancy. I almost asked her when the due date was. Later I asked my wife about her and she told me that not only was she not prewgnant, she had a fibrous tumor in her belly and that she was having surgery to remove in a few days.

Boy am I glad I didn't ask...
 
2003-09-11 11:30:58 AM  
Blaze588

the mother and her fat are doing fine

Major thanks Blaze - that gave me a real good laugh right when I needed one!
 
2003-09-11 11:31:46 AM  
you know, it was very irresponible of them... if they already had her opened up and everything, the least the could've done is amateur lipo-suction... or if they didn't have a Mr.Sucky, lipo-carving...
 
2003-09-11 11:32:45 AM  
Mr. Creosote had no comment as he was too busy eating...

[image from home.capecod.net too old to be available]
 
2003-09-11 11:32:57 AM  
Don't think there was time for an ultrasound. One of those things takes a while, and they needed the apparently non-existant baby out of her fat folds, and fast.
 
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