A doctor faces up to three years in jail over the death of a woman patient soon after giving birth when her internal sexual organs were yanked out by mistake.
Alisa Tepikina died in ‘excruciating pain’ when the young female medic tried to remove her placenta that had not been delivered during the birth of her daughter.
Instead, the 22-year-old’s uterus was pulled out completely, causing the new mother to go into a coma and ‘die of shock’ from a cardiac arrest in the Russian town of Nizhneserginskaya.
Ms Tepikina only had time to smile at her newborn daughter before the unnamed obstetrician tried to pull placenta from an inverted uterus.
A six-month probe has led to charges of causing death by negligence against the 27-year-old doctor, who could face jail or compulsory labour if convicted.
A claim by head doctor Elena Barannikova that there were no ‘violent actions’ by the doctor was rejected by medical experts after an exhaustive analysis, said the Russian Investigative Committee, Mail reports.
Barannikova claimed a ‘spontaneous inversion of the uterus’ – a rare medical event – had occurred.
In Ms Tepikina’s case, the placenta should have been detached manually by the doctor under anaesthetic, the investigation found.
‘Non-controlled or improper pulling of the umbilical cord led to a full inversion of the uterus’, a statement by medical experts said.
‘The female organs that were pulled out, then pushed back when it was too late.’