Teenage Girl Gives Birth in Bathtub After Being Sent Home From ER - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/23/08

Teenage Girl Gives Birth in Bathtub After Being Sent Home From ER

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Barely eight months pregnant, 16-year-old Claudia Garay thought she was going into labor, but after her trip to University Medical Center she was told she had a bladder infection. 

"My water broke there at UMC, but I didn't know, because it was my first pregnancy," said Garay. 

So trusting the doctor she went home.  A couple hours later Garay was in the shower when her sister heard her call out for help. 

"We called the ambulance, but when I was on the phone calling them was when she was having her baby," said Belen Valencia. 

Little Daisy was born before EMS got there. The young mother and her newborn were then rushed to Covenant Hospital. After doctors checked them both out, they were sent home.

Garay says that she was just frustrated with the situation. 

"It makes me mad, but I don't want to hold a grudge against them either, but I could have done it the right way," said Garay.

Vice president of UMC Greg Bruce released this statement to NewsChannel 11:

"Together with our medical staff, UMC has developed protocols dealing with the assessment and treatment of pregnant patients presenting for emergency care who are in excess of 20 weeks pregnant are immediately admitted to labor and delivery where they are assessed by a physician.  Based on the physician's assessment, appropriate care is provided."

The young mother says she is just happy the whole thing is over. 

"She's out, she's here, and she's alive.  I have her here in my arms.  She's healthy, real healthy," said Garay.

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