Ectopic Pregnancy

Woman in coma after internal bleeding from ectopic pregnancy that was "missed by doctors" - Mirror Online

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The family of a pregnant woman who fell into a coma after a rupture claim medics missed the fact she had an ectopic pregnancy.

Lisa Avila, 36, of Anaheim, California, was 12 weeks pregnant when she woke up on Valentine's Day suffering from severe abdominal pain, according to her aunt, Jessica Jule, who was speaking at a news conference

Ms Jule claimed doctors at Anaheim Regional Medical Center's emergency room said her baby was fine after an ultrasound and and gave her a prescription for pain meidication.

The mother-of-seven's husband went into a pharmacy to get the prescription, but when he returned Lisa was unconscious and not breathing.

After she was rushed back to the hospital it was discovered she had an ectopic pregnancy, where the foetus develops outside of the womb and it had ruptured, causing internal bleeding.

Speaking outside the hospital, Ms Jule said: Why did they make my niece leave this hospital when obviously there was something wrong?

Anaheim Regional Medical Center released the following statement: Patient safety is Anaheim Regional Medical Center’s foremost priority and we are committed to providing the highest quality care to every patient we serve.

The physicians, nurses and staff at Anaheim Regional Medical Center care deeply for the health of this patient and our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. Patient privacy laws prevent us from sharing any additional information.

According to one doctor who spoke to ABC, ectopic pregnancies usually rupture at about five or six weeks, when the fallopian tube can't stretch to hold the growing embryo. A 12-week ectopic pregnancy is unusual.

According to the NHS website, an ectopic pregnancy occasionally doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms and is only detected during routine pregnancy testing. What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.

This means the egg will not develop into a baby, which can be devastating to the pregnant woman.If an ectopic pregnancy is detected at an early stage, a medication called methotrexate is sometimes needed to stop the egg developing. The pregnancy tissue is then absorbed into the woman’s body.

However, methotrexate is not always needed – in around half of cases, the egg dies before it can grow.

If an ectopic pregnancy is left to develop, there is a risk that the fertilised egg could continue to grow and cause the fallopian tube to split open (rupture), which can cause life-threatening internal bleeding.

Signs of a ruptured fallopian tube are: sudden, severe, sharp pain feeling faint and dizzy feeling or being sick diarrhoea shoulder tip pain

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