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Mother sues University Hospital after fetus found at water treatment plant

New developments in the case of a fetus found at Augusta's Watstewater Treatment Plant. 

The mother says an employee at University Hospital flushed her miscarried baby down the toilet. NewsChannel 6's Ashley Osborne talked to her lawyers today. 

First, her lawyers point out that having a miscarriage is emotional for any woman and the way this siutation has unfolded has been exponentially more emotional for this mother. They say she found out that her fetus was at the wastewater treatment plant by watching our newscast and she has struggled with the news ever since. 

"To imagine your baby being put through those processes, is horrifying," says attorney Harry Revell. 

A little less than a year ago, we brought you a headline, disturbing for anyone to hear-- Fetus found in equipment at the wastewater treatment plant. Revell asks you to put yourself in the mother's shoes as she watched and wondered if the fetus they described on the news, was hers. 

"I can't imagine a more horrifying, traumatic set of circumstances to be subjected to," Revell says. "All because of inattentive to what was going on, outrageous conduct at the hands of the medical people at University Hospital. 

He says when the woman checked in to University Hospital, she was 16 weeks pregnant and when she left, she was not. Revell says the mother, nor the father had the propper chance to deal with the loss. 

"[They couldn't] grieve for their loss, arrange a funeral," Revell describes. "Instead they find it in a grinder at the astewater treatment plant."

This week, the mothe filed a medical malpractice lawsuit aginst University Hospital. 

A spokesperson from University Hosptial tells NewsChannel 6, "We have not seen the lawsuit, but we have spent a great deal of time investigating the patient's course of care and we feel confident that no one intentionally flushed a fetus down the toilet." 

Revell describes what the woman says happened inside the hospital room that day. 

"She announced it. She frantically said, 'I have just lost my baby.' The hospital staff and the doctor were alerted to that fact while she's on the toilet so there is no nonsense about uncertainty about what happened," Revell says. 

No amount of money, no win in a courtroom will bring her child back, but Revell explains what she hopes happens. 

She wants people held responsible and acknowledge and admit what they undeniably did," Revell says. "She wants to make sure that through this case that medical providers are on notice, one would think that they already would since there are statutes out there anyways, that if you cross the line and treat a person so callously, so carelessly so without feelings... that there's going to be a high price to pay." 

The lawsuit is still in the very early stages. 


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