'I Felt Them Cut Me Open': New Mom Describes Nightmare Emergency C-Section Given Without Anesthesia

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'I Felt Them Cut Me Open': New Mom Describes Nightmare Emergency C-Section Given Without Anesthesia

Delfina Mota, who was held down by nurses while screaming in pain, is filing a lawsuit over the "horrifying" experience.

Published August 6, 2018

A California woman who gave birth to her second child in November 2017 is filing a lawsuit against a hospital after she underwent an emergency with no anesthesia and felt every moment of the painful procedure.

On Nov. 16, Delfina Mota, 26, was rushed into Tri-City Medical Center for the delivery of her baby. While she was in the operating room for her C-section, she was informed there was no no anesthesiologist present, reported PEOPLE.

“I was crying because I was scared, I didn’t know what was going on. I was laying there and [obstetrician Dr. Sandra Lopez] was like, ‘We have to just do it,’” Mota told People. “That’s when I felt them cut me open. Nurses were holding me down … I could feel her cutting me and, with her hands, opening me. That’s when I passed out.”

Just outside of the operating room, Mota’s boyfriend, Paul Iheanachor, grew panicked as he heard hospital officials call the anesthesiologist, Dr. David Seif, on the loudspeaker several times.

“I heard the most horrific screams you could ever imagine, multiple screams,” the 35-year-old told People. “Horrific screaming and then silence. That’s when I got really emotional and tried to get into the room. But there was a nurse outside the door and she prevented me from going in. All I kept saying is, ‘I know you guys didn’t cut her without any anesthesia.’”

According to the couple, Seif ran to the delivery room after baby Cali Iheanachor was born. Once Mota regained consciousness, Seif allegedly told her, “I’m gonna make you feel better now.”

Now, the couple is suing the hospital, obstetrician Dr. Sandra Lopez and Seif for medical malpractice, assault, and battery. They are seeking more than $5 million in damages, according to the suit obtained by People.

“They kept asking what we remember. They tried to smooth it over and said, ‘These things happen,’” Iheanachor said. “They gave us a double room, so I could stay. They gave us a $25 gift certificate to the gift shop. They said, ‘Sorry for what happened, here’s a gift certificate.’ I feel like it was damage control. We were just in shock.”

It’s been eight months since what they describe as a “horrifying” incident, and Mota says she is still in pain from the procedure.

“I still don’t feel like myself. It’s something traumatic. I’m scared now to have another baby,” Mota told People.

“It really took a toll on me. I have [post-traumatic stress disorder],” she added. “I did not feel connected with my daughter. I was really depressed and my stomach took a lot longer to heal. I couldn’t take care of her by myself at first. My best friend had to come over and take care of her for me because I could barely walk.”

Tri-City Medical Center denied the allegations in a statement to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The statement reportedly reads: “While we normally don’t comment on pending litigation, the patient’s public discussion of the care she received during her emergency C-section compels us to address this outrageous allegation. The patient was administered anesthesia prior to the surgery. We are pleased that the baby is ‘healthy’ and ‘happy.’”

Written by Rachel Herron

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