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Woman claims medical errors ruined her career as opera singer

Jan 31, 2014 | Doctor Errors

For residents of Manhattan, New York, a botched surgery that impacts work ability could mean loss of income, financial issues and even bankruptcy. When doctor negligence or other medical errors cause future loss of life, income or enjoyment, victims can file medical malpractice claims. One woman in another state is claiming that a medical error is impacting her ability to perform as an opera singer.

The woman is suing the federal government for what she claims was a botched birth procedure. The birth of her son occurred in an Army hospital in Feb. 2012. During the birth, a nurse performed an episiotomy, which is an incision used to enlarge the birth opening.

According to the opera singer, the nurse did not inform her of the procedure nor get consent. The lawsuit alleges that the episiotomy caused damage to both her reproductive and digestive systems. The singer also claims that the surgery left her with incontinence and increased flatulence, both of which are impeding her ability to perform consistently.

Medical records indicate the episiotomy was performed because the baby’s shoulder was stuck. The woman’s attorney alleges that other procedures would have handled the issue without as much risk. According to the suit when the woman complained later of incontinence and leakage, a nurse informed her that sutures to repair the incision had been unsuccessful.

The woman can receive reconstructive surgery to repair the damage, but her attorney states there is no guarantee that it will be 100 percent repaired. She also would not be able to undergo natural childbirth after the repair was completed. According to reports, the woman was told by medical staff that a c-section could also damage her career, so she will not undergo the repair surgery until she decides she will have no more children. Until then, her career hangs in the balance.

Source: NY Daily News, "Flatulent opera singer unable to perform after military nurse botches episiotomy during childbirth: suit" Lee Moran, Jan. 23, 2014