Couple Claim Doctor Decapitated Baby During Delivery & Tried to Cover It Up

delivery roomA delivery turned into an unimaginable nightmare for one expecting couple. They allege that their obstetrician decapitated their baby during a delivery gone horribly wrong.

In a lawsuit, Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette claim a St. Louis, Missouri doctor pushed them into having a vaginal delivery and then after the beheading the baby tried to cover it up in the most unbelievably shocking way.

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The couple allege that after realizing what had happened, Dr. Gilbert Webb then shoved the newborn back into Betts' birth canal and performed and emergency C-section to cover up the gruesome mistake.

A month before the delivery, the mother-to-be had been told by another doctor that she needed to deliver via c-section because his abdomen was too large for a normal birth. She went into labor early at just 28 weeks and when she arrived to St.John's Mercy Medical Center, Webb refused to do the surgery. A lawsuit also claims that he refused to allow them to go to a different hospital and "Betts consented to a trial of vaginal delivery under duress and protest."

As he attempted to pull the boy out, the "...head separated from his cervical spine" the complaint also read. Webb then "pushed" the baby back through the birth canal and started a c-section even before the anesthesia had completely kicked in.

Yet another horrific detail from the suit -- during the procedure, the doctor allegedly ‘surgically and completely removed’ the child's head from his neck and torso. He then tried to cover up the baby's wounds before giving him to the parents.

This is one of the most horrible stories I have ever heard. What that doctor did was not just immoral and negligence, it sounds downright criminal. Of course there are still so many questions that need to be answered as the case progresses. Why didn't he just do the cesarean? Why didn't he allow her to be transported to another hospital if he was unwilling to operate? Why did he yank on a delicate, premature newborn? The sad lesson in all of this -- if these allegations are in fact true -- is that bad doctors are a real danger to us all.

If found negligent, what do you think should happen to this doctor?


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