Man sues Hospital over ‘Psychotic Illness’ from Wife’s C-Section

An Indian man is suing an Australian hospital for $1 billion claiming that watching his wife give birth gave him a “psychotic illness”.

Man sues Hospital over 'Psychotic Illness' from Wife's C-Section

"He saw his wife’s internal organs and blood"

In a dramatic legal battle Down Under, Anil Koppula, an Indian-origin man living in Australia, has taken on the Royal Women’s Hospital with a staggering $1 billion lawsuit.

His audacious claim? The hospital’s actions during his wife’s C-section led to a devastating “psychotic illness.”

Koppula recounts the fateful day in January 2018 when he stood witness to his wife’s surgical birth.

He alleges that the hospital not only permitted but encouraged his presence during the procedure.

As he watched, he was confronted with the unsettling sight of his wife’s internal organs and blood, an experience he insists sparked his descent into psychosis.

The court documents, as reported by The Independent, detail his accusations against the hospital. They asserted:

“Mr. Koppula alleges that he was encouraged, or permitted, to observe the delivery, that in the course of doing so, he saw his wife’s internal organs and blood.

“[Koppula] claims that the Hospital breached a duty of care it owed to him and is liable to pay him damages.”

This lawsuit, aimed at securing a jaw-dropping 1 billion Australian dollar compensation, is as controversial as it is extraordinary.

However, it’s not just the toll on his mental health that Koppula claims.

He also contends that the C-section and its aftermath were instrumental in the breakdown of his marriage.

C-sections, while not uncommon in childbirth, are typically reserved for situations where medical professionals believe it’s the safest option for both mother and baby.

This surgical procedure involves delivering the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus, and it can be an emotionally charged experience for those involved.

The procedure carries inherent risks, such as infections, bleeding, blood clots, and potential damage to the bladder or bowels.

In a recent instance, an English woman developed a life-threatening sepsis infection shortly after a routine C-section, leaving her with only a few hours to survive.

Despite the claims, an Australian judge has ruled against Mr. Koppula.

The judge’s decision hinged on the absence of economic losses and the insufficient severity of his alleged illness, deeming it not to meet the threshold for a “serious injury.”

The Australian hospital maintained that it did not violate its “duty of care,” asserting that Koppula did not experience any genuine harm due to his observation of the C-section.

The judge concurred with this stance: Koppula, who opted to act as his own legal representative in court, saw his lawsuit dismissed by Justice James Gorton, who characterised the claim as an “abuse of process.”

Balraj is a spirited Creative Writing MA graduate. He loves open discussions and his passions are fitness, music, fashion, and poetry. One of his favourite quotes is “One day or day one. You decide.”

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