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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