Couple sue doctor after newborn baby ‘decapitated’ during delivery

A couple in Georgia is accusing a doctor and hospital of using excessive force that allegedly led to the decapitation of their baby during delivery. Jessica Ross, 20, and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr, 21, claim that Dr. Tracey St Julian, an ob-gyn specialist, and the staff at Southern Regional Medical Center attempted to cover up the decapitation by propping up the baby’s body to make it appear as though his head was still attached. The couple’s attorneys have announced that they are suing Dr. St Julian and the hospital for gross negligence, fraud, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to the couple’s attorneys, Jessica Ross and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr were excited about the birth of their first child. However, their joy quickly turned into a nightmare that was allegedly covered up by the hospital. Southern Regional Medical Center denied the allegations in a statement, citing privacy laws that prevent them from discussing individual patients.

The lawsuit states that on July 9th, while Ms. Ross was giving birth vaginally, the baby became stuck. The couple requested a cesarean section, but their request was denied. The doctor then applied excessive force to the baby’s head in an attempt to deliver him. It is alleged that Dr. St Julian delayed taking Ms. Ross for a C-section for three hours, during which time a fetal monitor stopped recording a heartbeat. Eventually, the baby’s legs and body were delivered by C-section, while the head was delivered vaginally.

The attorneys claim that doctors and staff at the hospital tried to convince the couple that the baby’s head was still attached by wrapping and propping up his body. They also allege that the hospital discouraged the couple from seeking an autopsy and advised them to have the baby cremated. The couple only realized their baby had been decapitated when they brought it to a funeral home.

This case highlights the increased risk of infant and maternal mortality for Black women, according to attorney Roderick Edmond. Southern Regional Medical Center stated that Dr. St Julian is not an employee and that appropriate steps have been taken in response to the situation.

Dr. St Julian is described as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a certified robotic surgeon. She has been practicing in the Atlanta area since 2005 and is part of the Premier Women’s Obgyn healthcare organization. Premier Women’s Obgyn has not responded to a request for comment.

Overall, the couple is seeking justice and accountability for the alleged gross negligence and cover-up surrounding their baby’s decapitation during delivery. The case also raises concerns about the treatment and healthcare disparities faced by Black women during childbirth.

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