Dad sues hospital for $642M after witnessing his wife's C-section: 選t gave me psychotic illness'

16:05 18.09.2023 - New York Post

Maybe he thought it was a "See-Section."

A man in Australia sued the hospital where he watched his wife deliver a baby via cesarean-section birth in 2018, claiming it caused him a "psychotic illness."

New dad Anil Koppula filed the lawsuit several years after the successful operation, declaring that the experience led to a "breakdown of his marriage."

In the documents filed to support his suit, "Mr. Koppula alleges that he was encouraged, or permitted, to observe the delivery, that in the course of doing so, he saw his wife's internal organs and blood."

Additionally, Koppula claims "that the Hospital breached a duty of care it owed to him and is liable to pay him damages."

His lawsuit seeks damages from the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne in the amount of 1 billion Australian dollars, the equivalent of more than 642 million US dollars.

A C-section is the surgical delivery of a baby through an incision made in the mother's abdomen and uterus, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Health-care providers use it when they believe it is safer for the mother and/or the baby.

There are several medical reasons why a C-section might be performed: an abnormal fetal position or heart rate, labor problems, a large-sized baby, infections or other concerns.

There are risks associated with the procedure, including infection, bleeding, blood clots and injury to the bladder or bowels.

In one recent case, a woman in England was given just hours to live after developing a sepsis infection following a routine C-section.

And earlier this month, a woman complaining of chronic pain discovered that she had a surgical tool the size of a dinner plate inside her abdomen more than a year after delivering her baby via C-section.

A number of health experts have found that many C-sections are unnecessary: Overall, 31.8% - nearly one-third - of all US births were C-sections, according to KFF Health News, despite the risks and the high cost of the procedures.

Women are often permitted to have a partner or family member in the room as they have their C-section, so they can witness the birth of the new baby and support the mother during the procedure.

The hospital in Australia has said that it hadn't breached a "duty of care," and Koppula didn't suffer any real injury because of the C-section he observed.

And the judge agreed: Koppula chose to represent himself in court, where Justice James Gorton dismissed the suit, calling the claim an "abuse of process."

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 4:05 PM /

Dad blames wife's C-section for making him crack, ruining marriage in bizarre suit

An Australian judge dismissed a dad's legal case against a hospital.

A man in Australia filed a massive lawsuit against a hospital after staff encouraged him to watch his wife's cesarean section, which he says caused him to develop a "psychotic illness."

Anil Koppula was shot down in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne last week after he filed a suit seeking 1 billion Australian dollars (roughly $643 million USD) in damages for psychological injury from the Royal Women's Hospital, Australian outlet 7 News reported.

His wife successfully gave birth via C-section in the hospital back in 2018. Years later, however, Koppula came forward and claimed that the hospital and its staff breached their duty of care when they encouraged and permitted him to watch the delivery, the outlet reported.


C-sections are relatively common procedures where doctors make an incision on a woman's abdomen and uterus to deliver a baby, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The procedure is frequently used when doctors believe it's safer for the health of the mom and baby compared to a vaginal birth. Roughly 32% of 2021 births in U.S. were cesarean deliveries, according to the CDC.

Koppula said he saw his wife's blood and organs during the procedure, which caused him to develop a "psychotic illness" that led to a "breakdown of his marriage," according to the suit.

The Royal Women's Hospital denied breaching a duty of care for Koppula during the procedure.

Koppula represented himself in the case. Justice James Gorton dismissed the case last week and labeled it an "abuse of process."

The dad underwent a medical examination as part of the legal proceedings, which found "the degree of psychiatric impairment resulting from the injury to the claimant alleged in the claim does not satisfy the threshold level," according to 7News.

Koppula said he disagreed with the medical panel's determination, but did not file paperwork to challenge the findings.

"I am therefore satisfied that the legal effect of the Medical Panel's determination is that Mr. Koppula is simply unable, as a matter of law, to recover damages for non-economic loss," the judge said of the suit.

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