TEMPORARY LOSS OF LOSS FROM AUGUSTIN, TX — AUGUSTINS first-trimester ultrasound has cost the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services more than $300,000 and a new lawsuit claims the agency was slow to investigate a woman’s claim that her unborn child was harmed by the surgery.
The Texas Department for Family and Policy Services had initially reported a second-trampole ultrasound in August but changed its initial finding, citing a second ultrasound performed in November, the lawsuit filed Thursday in San Antonio says.
The new lawsuit, filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project, alleges that a third-tramping ultrasound was performed on the same day, at about 1:45 p.m., and the woman, who lives in Houston, went to a second doctor in November who performed the second ultrasound.
The woman was told that the second doctor’s report did not support her claims.
The new filing says that two months later, on July 22, the department reversed its earlier finding.
Texas is now paying $7,600 to settle the case with the woman and the state of Texas is paying her attorney $500,000, the complaint says.
A spokesperson for the department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was taken to the emergency room on Oct. 10, 2014, for an ultrasound and then left for an overnight stay with her husband.
She was released from the hospital two days later, the suit says.
On Oct. 19, the couple went to the Texas Capitol for the third trampole of the second trimester.
They said they saw a woman with a baby on the ultrasound and that the woman had a third tramping ultrasound.
She said the woman’s third trimming ultrasound showed a small hole in her belly and that she was unable to speak.
“The next day, the doctor in charge of the third-tampole procedure called the hospital to report that the hole was too large to allow the baby to breathe,” the lawsuit says.
“The Texas Health and Human Services Office of Medical Regulation, however, was unable or unwilling to perform a third surgery at this time.
The Texas Health Department and the State of Texas have failed to investigate the case or conduct any independent investigation.”