AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman filed a malpractice lawsuit alleging that a clinic failed to successfully perform the abortion she sought, eventually leading to her child’s birth.
Ariel Knights filed the lawsuit this month against the Akron Women’s Medical Group and two doctors, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Knights, 22, of Cuyahoga Falls, says she has a genetic condition that results in a double uterus with individual cervices. She said she discovered the condition — uterine didelphys — during an earlier pregnancy.
In that earlier pregnancy, Knights carried a son to full term in her left uterus. But during her second pregnancy, Knights said a February 2012 exam showed the fetus was in the right uterus, which her doctor told her was unstable and put her pregnancy and her life at risk.
Knights told the newspaper that she felt she had little choice but to have an abortion.
“It was a decision made because my life was in jeopardy,” she said.
Knights said she then went to the medical group for the abortion, but a week later found herself in an emergency room, where she was told she was still pregnant. She said she gave birth about seven months later to a healthy 6-pound girl.