A female doctor has been charged in the death of a new mother who had her uterus yanked out during birth.
Alisa Tepikina, 22, died in “excruciating pain” when the doctor pulled her womb inside out while trying to remove the baby’s placenta.
The doctor involved faces up to three years in custody over the death when the mother fell into a coma and ‘died of shock’ after suffering a cardiac arrest at the hospital in Nizhniye Sergi in Russia.
Charges of causing death by negligence have been brought against the 27-year-old doctor at the end of a six month investigation.
The head doctor at the hospital, Elena Barannikova, initially denied any wrongdoing, claiming her “uterus spontaneously inverted”; but a Russian investigative committee found otherwise.
It claimed that Tepikina’s placenta should have been detached manually by the doctor under anesthetic, the investigators found, according to Metro.
In a statement, the committee said, “Uncontrolled or improper pulling of the umbilical cord led to full inversion of the uterus.”
“The female organs were pulled out, then pushed back when it was too late. The doctor on duty did not recognize the life-threatening complication of the birth. As a result, medical help was provided with unacceptably huge delay.”
The committee claimed, “The uterus was repositioned only 4 hours 15 minutes later when the massive bleeding and the irreversible shock had already developed, along with heart failure.”
The doctor’s actions “worsened the situation and caused the massive loss of blood, irreversible (and) complicated shock, heart failure, and death of the patient,” the medical experts alleged.
Tepikina’s father, 47-year-old Dmitry Malyukov, said his daughter’s screams could be heard throughout the hospital before she died.
Malyukov said hearing that the doctor “tugged the umbilical cord with real force” was “like something from the Middle Ages.”
Tepikina’s baby, Anya, is being raised by her mother, and her 22-year-old husband Nikolay Tepikin.