A Virginia woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against an OB/GYN clinic and her doctor for allegedly leaving a Mirena IUD (intra-uterine device) floating in her system.
The Mirena IUD was approved by FDA in 2000 as a birth control device. In addition to preventing sperm and egg contact, the birth control also releases the hormone progestin (levonorgestrel) to prevent pregnancy.
The complaint was filed by Angela Collins in Winchester Circuit Court in Virginia against Blue Ridge Gynecology and Obstetrics PC and Dr. Karen Wade as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Collins had a Mirena IUD implanted for birth control in September 2006. Within months, she developed an ectopic pregnancy; a pregnancy that develops outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tubes.
As a result, Collins went to see Dr. Wade in February 2007, and the physician could not find the IUD. The lawsuit alleges that once she realized the device was missing and that Collins had not expelled it, Dr. Wade failed to use an imaging device to find the IUD.
Collins states she suffered pain in her left side and/or abdomen after the procedures. The defendants treated Collins for the pain on April 1, April 20, May 11 and May 24, 2007, “but failed to order any test or image or take any action that would have revealed that the Mirena was lodged in Plaintiff’s abdomen,” according to the complaint.
“Instead, Defendants advised Plaintiff she was ovulating and suggested she take ibuprofen for her pain,” the complaint states.
Collins again suffered abdominal pain and went to the Winchester Medical Center emergency room June 3, 2007, according to the complaint. She returned to the defendants for treatment on June 18, 2007. Wade advised Collins her pain was caused by scar tissue “and told her to deal with [it],” according to the plaintiff.
“Defendant Wade gave Plaintiff a prescription for pain medicine and told her to make it last because she would not give her any more,” the complaint states. “Plaintiff did not return to Defendant Wade for further treatment after that date because she believed Defendant’s diagnosis that her pain was caused by scar tissue and nothing could be done to relieve it.”
Collins suffered abdominal pain Nov. 20, 2010, and went to Winchester Medical Center.
“They did a CT scan and found the [Mirena] floating in her abdomen,” the complaint states.
Collins underwent surgical removal of the device at the University of Virginia Medical Center on Jan. 12, 2011.
“Defendants failed to provide appropriate care and treatment to Plaintiff for the injuries she suffered as a result of leaving a foreign object in her abdomen during and after the surgery on February 12, 2007 as the device had no therapeutic or diagnostic effect on her body,” the complaint states.
The suit claims Wade and the medical office showed negligence when they: failed to properly assess and diagnose the plaintiff or to “image” Collins to search for the missing device during the Feb. 12, 2007, surgery; left a foreign object in her body causing injury, pain and emotional distress; ignored the patient’s requests to look for the missing IUD; and misdirected her by stating scar tissue was causing the pain.
What she is requesting…
Collins is suing Wade and the clinic for $2 million, claiming they were negligent in failing to use proper medical procedures to find and remove a foreign object from her body. The lawsuit seeks compensation for temporary and permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.