BBC News – A doctor decapitated a woman’s baby during a “nightmare” delivery in Georgia, a legal case has claimed.
Dr Tracey St Julian is being sued for gross negligence by Jessica Ross and Treveon Taylor, whose son died at Southern Regional Hospital during a complicated birth.
Several nurses are also being sued for concealing the incident.
Their lawyers claimed Dr St Julian had been too forceful with the baby during the delivery.
Cory Lynch, one of their legal team, said the couple were “so excited about the birth of their first child”.
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“Unfortunately, their dreams and hopes turned into a nightmare that was covered up by Southern Regional Medical Center,” he said.
The Medical Examiner’s office and Clayton County Police are investigating the case, which they were made aware of on 13 July, though the death occurred on 9 July.
According to the attorney’s statement, Dr St Julian attempted to deliver the baby vaginally using different methods including “applying traction to the baby’s head.”
Lawyer Roderick Edmond, also representing the parents and who is also a doctor, alleged Dr St Julian had applied “ridiculously excessive force” to the baby.
“Dr St Julian came in, and she, in the process of trying to deliver the baby, pulled on the baby’s head and neck so hard, and manipulated them so hard, that the bones of the baby’s skull, face, and neck were broken.”
He said: “When the womb was opened, the feet came out, the body came out, and there was no head,” he said.
The baby was not able to be delivered vaginally due to shoulder dystocia, where the baby’s shoulders become stuck in the birth canal …
Mr Lynch alleged in graphic detail the measures staff had taken to cover up the horrific incident, including wrapping the baby’s body in a blanket and propping his head up to make it look like it was still attached.