I went to the hospital on June 28, 2008 with severe abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. I had taken a positive pregnancy test on May 27, 2008, so I knew I was pregnant when I went to the hospital. There were many ultrasounds ran and the first doctor told me that I had an ectopic pregnancy. They thought that it had ruptured and were discussing surgery with me. I was kept overnight in the ER and the next morning the OBGYN came in to see me. She had told me that she was not concerned the night before that I had an ectopic pregnancy. She thought that I had merely had a miscarriage and then formed an ovarian cyst that ruptured. She sent me home with pain medication and wanted me to follow up with my doctor in 10 days. When I came into the hospital my hormone levels were around 2200 and when they discharged me they were around 2100. I didn't get very good vibes from the OBGYN. On July 8, 2008 I went back to the hospital with more pains. At this point they determined it was an ectopic pregnancy. The OBGYN (a different one) this time decided that I should be given a shot instead of the surgery. This was at 4:00 am. I refused the shot until I could talk to him myself and get some straight answers. This was the second time in this hospital that I had been told I was going to have to have surgery and then things changed. The OBGYN came in around 8:00 am and discussed the issues with me. I then agreed to take the shot. About twenty minutes later he came back in and told me that he had just gone over all of my ultrasounds and that they needed to go ahead and do the surgery. I had internal bleeding at this point and he said the shot could only worsen the situation. He also told me that it was apparent in the ultrasounds from the first time I came to the ER that I had an ectopic pregnancy and something should have been done then. I went into surgery at 11:50 am. They had to take my right tube.
I went in for my follow up last week with the OBGYN from the hospital that did the surgery and my incisions are looking good. The OBGYN that missed the diagnosis is his business partner. He informed me that he had discussed what had happened with his partner and she felt very remorseful.
Has this sort of thing ever happened to anyone else?? I was just curious of how common it is.
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