Anil Koppula filed a lawsuit against a hospital, citing distress during his partner's C-section birth as the cause of unexpected consequences. He claimed seeing her blood and organs caused him to suffer a psychotic illness.
Man Sues Hospital For $1 Billion After Watching His Wife's C-Section
A guy attempted to sue a hospital on the grounds that he felt distressed after seeing his wife give birth.
Anil Koppula filed a lawsuit against Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital for what he considered to be a duty of care violation.
He claims that when his partner gave birth to their child through C-section in 2018, he was present in the delivery room.
While the childbirth process may at times be upsetting, Koppula was terrified by what he witnessed.
He reportedly alleges that he was "encouraged" and "permitted" to be in the room while the cesarean section was being performed, according to the Herald Sun.
Since then, he hasn't forgotten what it was like to see her internal organs and blood, and he claims that this has contributed to the "onset of a psychotic illness."
Koppula claims that his marriage ended as a result of this illness.
The individual chose to sue the hospital because he was seeking justice as a result.
In damages, he demanded $1 billion.
"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," the lawsuit stated.
"He says that the hospital breached a duty of care it owed to him and is liable to pay him damages."
He was checked earlier this year by a medical team to determine the severity of his "psychotic illness."
He did not "satisfy the threshold level," the panel found after reviewing his assertions.
Even though he disagreed with the results, he didn't take any more action to get the judgment overturned or reevaluated.
According to The Herald Sun, the case reached the Supreme Court where Justice James Gorton dismissed it due to an "abuse of process."
“The medical panel’s determination (is) that the injury is not a significant injury,” he said.
“I am satisfied that the legal effect of the medical panel’s determination is that Mr. Koppula is simply unable, as a matter of law, to recover damages for non-economic loss.”
The Royal Women's Hospital acknowledged its responsibility for the man but denied any wrongdoing during his partner's childbirth.
This situation highlights the need to consider the emotional and psychological welfare of both patients and their close ones during medical procedures, as well as the intricate legal aspects that can surface in these situations.
Although Koppula's lawsuit has reached a legal resolution, the lasting effects of his ordeal remain a subject of ongoing dialogue and contemplation.