Couple Sues Doctors For Decapitating Their Baby During Labor

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Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day?

Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time.

Here's what happened to a young St. Louis couple and their unborn baby, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Twenty-one-year-old Arteisha Betts and 20-year-old Travis Ammonette got pregnant after in-vitro fertilization. During the course of the pregnancy, it became clear that the fetus was developing abnormally. His abdomen grew much faster than it was supposed to and became enlarged.

Betts and Ammonette sought help from Midwest Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a group of obstetricians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. According to the lawsuit, the couple's physician recommended that because of the fetus's oversize abdomen, the best course of action would be a cesarean section birth.

In March of last year, Betts began having pre-term contractions and was admitted to St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Her usual doctor was not available and another physician from Midwest Maternal took over. According to the suit, this doctor insisted that Betts deliver the baby vaginally, while the couple protested that they wanted a C-section and tried to get transferred to another hospital. Finally, Betts consented to the delivery "under duress and protest."

This is when things get crazy. The baby's head emerged, but his abdomen became stuck in his mother's birth canal. The delivering doctor was able to get one of the baby's arm and shoulder out, and -- according to the lawsuit -- then applied so much force to pulling the boy out by his armpit and head that the baby's head detached from the spine.

The suit claims Ammonette was only feet away and watched the horrifying and bloody moment that the doctor decapitated his son.

The doctor pushed the boy's head and body back into Betts and ordered an emergency C-section. The court filing also claims that he began slicing Betts's stomach open before she was sedated.

"During the course of the cesarean section, defendant ... surgically and completely removed decedent Kaden Travis Ammonette's head from his neck and torso," the suit claims.

The suit names the attending doctor, Gilbert Webb, the couple's usual doctor Susan Moore, and Midwest Maternal. The filing accuses them of inflicting severe emotional pain on the couple and causing the wrongful death of the baby.

"Decedent suffered an agonizing and untimely death," the lawsuit says.

Midwest Maternal is not commenting on the pending litigation. Lawyers for the couple did not return a message, and Betts did not respond to an email message.

Here's the full, very disturbing complaint:

Betts Ammonette Lawsuit

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