Couple Sues After Surprise Pregnancy Following VasectomyJohn Cave Osborne
Have I ever told you the story of how Caroline and I found out that she was pregnant this most recent time? That whole Dunkin’ Donuts deal? Truth be told, we kinda thought it was impossible for Caroline to get pregnant without a little assistance from a fertility specialist. See, Caroline can’t ovulate, so to get pregnant, we’ve needed the help of hormone shots in the past.
So boy, oh boy, were we surprised to find out she was with child. But not as surprised as Scott and Donnita Bassinger were when they found out Donnita was pregnant. After all, Scott had recently gotten a vasectomy.
Dr. Stephan Schepergerdes, of the Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, performed the procedure. A few months later, Scott Bassinger brought in a semen sample to make sure he was sterile. Yup, Dr. Schpergerdes’ staff said. Some 19 months later, though, Donnita had a little pink line staring back at her from a pregnancy test that said otherwise.
This, according to Outpatient Surgery:
According to the $650,000 lawsuit the Bassingers filed against Dr. Schepergerdes and his medical group, the doctor allegedly noted in his records that he had difficulty dissecting Mr. Bassinger’s tubes during the procedure, but this message was never conveyed to the couple. The suit also alleges that the lab report on Mr. Bassinger’s July 2007 semen sample showed that the sperm in the sample was “too numerous to count,” even though the couple was told that he’d been rendered sterile.
Here’s how the suit breaks down:
- $35,000 to cover medical expenses related to the pregnancy.
- $500,000 to raise the child.
- $140,000 for college.
So two things here…how would you feel if you were the kid? I mean, if true, the doctor and his staff were guilty of horrible ineptitude, but still! Second, the Bassingers are trying to head that off at the pass via an e-mail statement they made to the Eugene Register-Guard. In it, the couple said they are “thankful” for their son but also pointed out the “challenges of raising a child late in life and the increased medical risks one faces when having a baby at age 42.”
By the way, did you notice that they had a son? Because if they had a girl, I’m wondering if they would have called her Sue. (Oh my. Sorry.)
What do you think about this story? Have you ever heard of anything like it?