Louisville, KY - Micheatria Donelson has been awarded over one million dollars, still a fraction of what she was asking for, after enduring a truly horrific ordeal of witnessing her premature baby decapitated during birth.
A jury decided yesterday to award Donelson the money, finding that doctors were at least somewhat at fault for what happened to her in the hospital back in 2006.
Donelson wasn’t near pregnant enough to be having a baby. According to the defense, she was only 21 weeks, although her side argued it was 24. Regardless of the time period, she found herself bleeding and in the hospital. Doctors were far from optimistic about the chances of the baby surviving.
Dr. Joseph Bilotta utilized a ‘cerclage’: a string used to keep the cervix closed and my word of the day. The defense claims it would be physically impossible to deliver a baby with the instrument in place, although Donelson’s side claimed that’s exactly why things went the way they did. Whether the cerclage was in place or not, no one argued about what happened.
“I tried to dislodge the head from being trapped. After several minutes … I felt a give.” That ‘give’ wasn’t Donelson’s baby coming out safe and sound; that ‘give’ was Donelson’s premature baby coming apart at the neck. Worse still, Donelson saw it happen: there was nothing in place to obstruct her line of sight.
Here comes the kicker, folks. I feel like I owe you the warning because even I’m having trouble with this. It’s common practice in hospitals to allow a mother to see her dead baby. I know it’s weird, and possibly a little morbid, but I get it.
What I can’t get my head around, no matter how hard I try, is what happened in this case: they sutured the head back on the body and left it with the mother to hold. I’m gonna say it again: they sutured the fucking head back onto a dead baby corpse and left it with the mother through the night.
Donelson originally asked for over $10 million to ease her suffering, which includes nightmares and PTSD. The jury did not award punitive damages and felt only Dr. Joseph Bilotta and his partner, Dr. William Koontz, were responsible for what happened. The hospital, as well as the nurses involved, were not held liable.Tags: Crime, Decapitation, Joseph Bilotta, jury, Micheatria Donelson, Negligence