The distraught parents have launched a lawsuit against the doctors involved and the Southern Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, where the tragic delivery occured and their son died
An excited mum-to-be gave birth to her baby’s decapitated head decapitated during a horror delivery, a medical report has revealed.
Parents Jessica Ross and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr were “so excited about the birth of their first child,” their attorney, Cory Lynch, said.
The devastated couple have now launched a lawsuit claiming the doctor used too much force and decapitated the Georgia woman’s baby during delivery. The legal action is against Dr. Tracey St. Julian and Southern Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, where Ross went on July 9 to have her son.
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The baby’s death was recently labelled a homicide by the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to the report, when Jessica presented herself at the medical centre, her baby’s heart was beating and no worrying abnormalities noted. As labour started, however, there was clinical evidence of ‘shoulder dystocia’ – a condition when the baby’s head has been born but one of the shoulders becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone.
After repeated attempts to deliver the baby vaginally and “manoeuvre to place the head back in utero,” a Caesarean section was performed. But although the baby’s body was removed by surgery the mum gave birth vaginally to the baby’s head which had severed from the body.
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According to the medical report, the baby’s body “exhibits traumatic decapitation.”
The lawsuit filed by the family claims the baby became stuck about 10 hours into Ross’ labour. It alleges that doctors “pulled on the baby’s head and neck so hard and manipulated them so hard, that the bones in the baby’s skull, head and neck were broken,” resulting in the baby being “decapitated.”
Roughly three hours passed before St. Julian took Ross, 20, for a caesarean section, according to the suit. By then, a foetal monitor had stopped registering a heartbeat.
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The lawsuit also claims that the hospital tried to cover up the fact that the baby was decapitated. Ms Ross and Mr Taylor, both 21, announced the lawsuit at a news conference in Atlanta. Their lawyer described how staff tried to hide 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.
The couple discovered the tragic fate of their son while making arrangements at the crematorium, four days after his death, as per the lawsuit. “Unfortunately, their dreams and hopes turned into a nightmare that was covered up by Southern Regional Medical Center,” the lawyer stated.
According to the medical examiner’s report, the baby’s death was caused by the “fracture-dislocation” of his upper cervical spine and spinal cord. Southern Regional Medical Center responded with a statement saying, “this unfortunate infant death occurred in utero prior to the delivery and decapitation.” They clarified that Tracy St. Julian, is not “and never has been” an employee of the hospital.
The case, which came to light on 13 July, though the death occurred on 9 July, is being investigated by the Medical Examiner’s office and Clayton County Police. The recent autopsy confirmed the case will be considered ‘homicide.’
The suit alleges gross negligence, fraud, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified compensatory damages, in addition to covering the cost of the infant’s $10,000 funeral. The couple’s lawyers have said the case highlights the higher rates of infant mortality for Black women. Dr St Julian has not yet filed her defence and has not issued a public comment on the case.