The Butterflies are Screaming

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It would absolutely wrong to laugh at this story.   There is nothing at all funny about flatulence, especially when associated with public singing and an obvious attempt to smear a hard-working, highly trained mid-level working in a military facility.  

The suit alleges that the Certified Nurse Midwife performed an episiotomy without consent or risk/benefit explanation, and that subsequently no physician was called to assess or repair.

“The Herbsts seek $2.5 million in damages for medical malpractice and loss of consortium.” 


To use this truly sad story in an attempt to take cheap shots at expanding LELT roles, government-provided medicine, or note that another lawyer just won a new beach house would be wrong, sophomoric  and I’m not going to do it.  
“Plaintiff Amy Herbst was also advised that once the repair was performed all future pregnancies would require delivery by Cesarean section. When the plaintiff expressed her concern regarding the risk to her singing career posed by Cesarean section, health care providers encouraged her to consider potentially delaying the procedure until she (had) completed all of her reproduction.’ Accordingly, plaintiff Amy Herbst elected to postpone the repair of her perineum and anal sphincter,” the complaint reads. “As a result of her incontinence and excessive flatulence, plaintiff Amy Herbst has been unable to work as a professional opera singer.”
Nope, not me.

  2 comments for “The Butterflies are Screaming

  1. Chris Rhody D.O.
    February 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

    There are too many things wrong here to even be believable. I am a former Army Physician (they paid for school, and sent me on a wonderful 4 year European excursion, with a one year camping trip in the middle). I have never seen or heard of such a low standard of care at any facility. The whole thing, especially as above, just makes no sense. I would like to wait for more specifics. I am just unable to believe such poor care was recieved.

  2. Susan Sparling
    February 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Am I the only American with a Mr. Methane CD? He made a fortune in the UK, but probably not $2.5 mil. Nevertheless, our armed services members and their families have gotten inferior care in the name of having enough providers.

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