A very heartbreaking story has been told of a woman whose internal organs were ripped out accidentally by a doctor.
Alisa Tepikina, pictured above died in ‘excruciating pain’ when a doctor tried to remove her placenta that had not been delivered during the birth of her daughter.
Instead the 22-year-old’s uterus was pulled out completely, causing the new mother to go into a coma and ‘die of shock’ from a cardiac arrest in the Russian town of Nizhneserginskaya.
Ms Tepikina only had time to smile at her newborn daughter before the unnamed obstetrician tried to pull placenta from an inverted uterus, Daily Mail UK reports.
A six month probe has led to charges of causing death by negligence against the 27-year-old doctor, who could face jail or compulsory labour if convicted. A claim by head doctor Elena Barannikova that there were no ‘violent actions’ by the doctor was rejected by medical experts after an exhaustive analysis, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
Dr. Barannikova claimed a ‘spontaneous inversion of the uterus’ – a rare medical event – had occurred. In Ms Tepikina’s case, the placenta should have been detached manually by the doctor under anaesthetic, the investigation found. According to a statement by medical experts:
”Non-controlled or improper pulling of the umbilical cord led to full inversion of the uterus. The female organs that were pulled out, then pushed back when it was too late.”
Ms Tepikina’s relatives heard her screams as they waited in the hospital. Her distraught father Dmitry Malyukov, 47, said:
”My daughter was suffering, she was screaming in pain. But the doctor paid no attention.”
A statement by the medical experts added that the doctor, ‘tugged the umbilical cord with real force’ and that it was, ‘like something from the Middle Ages’.
”The doctor on duty did not recognise the life-threatening complication of the birth. As a result, medical help was provided with unacceptably huge delay.
The uterus was re-positioned only four hours 15 minutes later when the massive bleeding and the irreversible shock had already developed, along with heart failure.”
The doctor’s mistakes, ‘worsened the situation and caused the massive loss of blood, irreversible [and] complicated shock, heart failure and death of the patient’, the experts alleged.
Svetlana Malyukova, the deceased mother had called for the doctor to be prosecuted. The 42-year-old grieving mom said:
”There were no apologies, nor attempts to contact us. Soon after the tragedy I went to the clinic. I wanted to look into her [the doctor’s] eyes. She asked: ”Why did you come?”. I did not notice a single sign of repentance…She killed my child.”
A travel ban has been imposed on the doctor who will face trial over Ms Tepikina’s death. She has already faced disciplinary action, say reports.
Ms Tepikina’s baby, Anya, is now being raised by her mother and her partner, Nikolay Tepikin, 22.