Lawsuit: Flatulent opera singer can’t work

An opera singer in Nashville, Tenn., can’t find work due to chronic flatulence after a botched surgery, a lawsuit alleges.

The Military Times reports singer Amy Herbst has filed a $2.5 million federal lawsuit against an Army hospital for negligence, pain and suffering, embarrassment and loss of income.

Herbst, whose husband was an Army staff sergeant, was, without her knowledge or consent, given an episiotomy during childbirth at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Kentucky. The episiotomy, a cut made between the vagina and anus to ease childbirth, was conducted by an Army nurse, not a surgeon, and has permanently damaged Herbst’s digestive and reproductive systems, the lawsuit alleges.

After the surgery, Herbst is unable to work with the Nashville Opera Company due to “periodic leaking of stool and excessive flatulence,” the lawsuit alleges.

Reconstructive surgery would be expensive, may not work, and would likely have to be repeated, the lawsuit states. Future childbirths will have to be made via Cesarean section, which could also hamper the singer’s abilities.

The hospital would not respond to specifics in the lawsuit, but said, “The Blanchfield Army Community Hospital staff always strives to provide high quality, safe and accessible health care that fully complies with all applicable standards of care.”

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29 comments Add your comment

Andy

January 28th, 2014
11:16 am

Is this real life?

K-Ster

January 28th, 2014
11:20 am

What a crappy situation to be in…

Tort Reform

January 28th, 2014
11:57 am

Here is a prime example why GA citizens don’t want tort reform for medical malpractice.

I spent a few years in the military and there was always a running joke about the medical care or lack of it at military hospitals.

One solider had constant headaches – she kept going to military doctors and was told that there was nothing wrong with her…long story short – she died of an brain hemorage a short time after.

I was also told that the military hospital at Fort Gordon, GA could not deliver any babies there due to an incident many years ago…I don’t know if that is still true today…but DAMN….

Don’t get me started on the VA hospital here in Atlanta…my God…..

‘ELECTED POLITICIANS WHAT ARE YOU ALL DOING ABOUT THIS?”

bernie31

January 28th, 2014
12:01 pm

Let me guess, she is white???

Uh…huh

Brace4impactz

January 28th, 2014
12:04 pm

I don’t know enough about this procedure to make an informed comment. However, on the surface it does seem strange that a nurse would do the procedure. If there are any nurses on this thread, could you please educate us on the proper protocols for this surgery.

Tort Reform

January 28th, 2014
12:08 pm

@bernie31

Who cares what color she is… she could be from Mars for all I care.

What happened to her was wrong – and mistakes like this should be addressed and corrected.

Why does every issue have to be about race or political affiliation.

DAMN………….

The Geezer

January 28th, 2014
12:19 pm

Both the opera singer and bernie31 need to put a cork in it.

She could sing and play the trumpet at the same time.

It stinks but life can be a gas. And I really do give a toot.

Somebody help me……I can’t seem to stop….Braaappp!!

Floyd the Barber

January 28th, 2014
12:21 pm

Let me guess. Bernie31 isn’t.

Bill W

January 28th, 2014
12:42 pm

Maybe she was just always gassy and went through one of those 7 year changes and just farts alot now. Lay off the chili and hot peppers

Andy

January 28th, 2014
12:47 pm

In this case, tort reform (of state law) would have no effect since the hospital would have to be sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The federal gov’t has sovereign immunity and can only be sued on its own terms, which are not as favorable as suing under state law. I have heard the VA hospitals have some of the worst doctors around. Seems like we should be treating our veterans better.

BHO

January 28th, 2014
1:02 pm

Government healthcare at its finest. The best is yet to come …. :)

Bumper

January 28th, 2014
1:15 pm

“Flatulent cows start fire at dairy farm”

Based on this headline, in addition to her other issues she may also be a fire hazard.

Tort Reform

January 28th, 2014
1:24 pm

@ Andy,

You’re correct on both points – we must treat our veterans better.

Patootie

January 28th, 2014
1:55 pm

Reminds me of the saying: “It ain’t over until the fat lady farts.”

NSA

January 28th, 2014
2:41 pm

Bernie,

Can someone contact Bernie’s owner and let him know he needs to secure the laptop?

Maude

January 28th, 2014
4:04 pm

I can see where she might get money to have the damage repaired but this amount is stupid. She can get a real job like the rest of us.

Fred &trade

January 28th, 2014
4:24 pm

@Bernie 31 (if that really was him):

LOL Nice one. Most failed to get the joke but I did.

Fred ™

January 28th, 2014
4:27 pm

Man did I forget how to TM?

Bernie31

January 28th, 2014
4:27 pm

bernie31 @ 12:01 pm – This bernie31 is The REAL Bernie31 would NEVER start his Name with a Small “b”. For There is NOTHING SMALL about Bernie31..6′6 and size 15 shoe just to mention a Few.

This bernie31 comes up short every time….everywhere you LQQK!

By the way How is every little thing?

uh..huh

Bernie31

January 28th, 2014
4:28 pm

correction:

bernie31 @ 12:01 pm – This bernie31 is A FRAUD and COPYCAT!

The REAL Bernie31 would NEVER start his Name with a Small “b”. For There is NOTHING SMALL about Bernie31..6′6 and size 15 shoe just to mention a Few.

This bernie31 comes up short every time….everywhere you LQQK!

By the way How is every little thing?

uh..huh

Bernie31

January 28th, 2014
4:30 pm

NSA @ 2:41 pm – Your Backdoor is wide OPEN and you do not even know it…It has been that WAY for Years. This one is a TRAP for you to piggy back BACK to your wide open DOORS….

uh…huh

double

January 28th, 2014
5:19 pm

Let me guess she’s white.Thought the food eaten determined the flatulence,not color of skin.But Bernie a smart fella.

MTer

January 28th, 2014
5:53 pm

In all my years of working in the medical field and transcribing medical reports, have never heard of this and frankly don’t believe a word of it. When going thru the birthing procedure an episiotomy is universally done because if a cut not made then the vagina could split to the anus. I know of no physician that asks before if this is ok to be performed. More than to be performed than torn from front to back.. …

MrLiberty

January 28th, 2014
10:22 pm

I don’t know why it would be news that a bank hacker can make 14 million out of thin air. Bernanke created over $16 trillion out of thin air to give to his banking friends all over Europe and Wall Street. That is the beauty of fiat currency. You don’t need to have anything backing it except the future productivity of this, the next, the next, and the next generations of hard working Americans. Hey, so long as the elite stay wealthy. END THE FED.

Kat

January 28th, 2014
10:48 pm

Maude, you clearly have no idea of the years and years of training that go into a vocal performance career, not to mention the grueling competition for a limited number of jobs. It’s more of a “real job” than most people ever have. MTer, I don’t believe for one second that you have ever worked in the medical field. I won’t even waste time on a point-by-point critique of your comments, but it’s extremely obvious.

Bernie is ATL's biggest racist

January 28th, 2014
11:16 pm

….. just sayin’…….

gary alan

January 28th, 2014
11:42 pm

Im in Chicago. Whomever the mayor is should be recalled. There is no excuses for this debacle. I have a family member who has been I n a cab for seven hours. It is also a safety issue. Even a warm weather city should do a much better job than this. If the population of Atlanta does not recall
this mayor, then the population deserves what they get

MTer

January 29th, 2014
12:43 am

Kat, don’t know where you get your extremely obvious quote from but actually 51 years in the medical field and still working part-time. I care less about what you believe regarding my work history, no reason to lie at this stage of the game. Have worked for OB-GYNs in the past and know the reason episiotomies done. If this person had issues such as scar tissue formation, incontinence of either bowel or bladder that is something that can be repaired surgically or even a pessary might help. If having problems sure cannot understand how a lawsuit would help.

Kat

January 29th, 2014
11:58 am

Nope. Still don’t believe you. There was a dead giveaway in your first comment, and the fact that you don’t know what it was furthers my point.