An Australian man named Anil Koppula has launched a lawsuit against a local hospital, claiming that he suffered a psychological harm as a result of the institution’s negligence and is demanding 1 billion Australian dollars (roughly $643 million USD) in damages. Koppula claimed that the hospital and its employees urged him to witness his wife’s cesarean section in 2018, which he believes contributed to the development of a “psychotic illness” and the breakup of his marriage. Koppula also claimed that the hospital encouraged him to observe his wife’s hysterectomy in 2017.
C-sections, also known as cesarean sections, are frequent surgical procedures in which an incision is made in a woman’s belly and uterus in order to deliver a baby. This surgery is also known as a cesarean delivery. In most cases, they are carried out when medical professionals consider that doing so is in the best interest of the health of both the mother and the child. In 2021, around 32 percent of all births that had place in the United States were performed through cesarean section.
Koppula said that being there during his wife’s operation gave him a great deal of emotional suffering since he observed his wife’s blood and organs being removed throughout the process. He stated that the traumatic incident caused a decline in his mental health, which in turn led to the dissolution of his marriage. He also claimed that the divorce was caused by the mental health issues.
However, the Royal Women’s Hospital, which is where Koppula had the C-section, has disputed that it violated its duty of care to Koppula when she was undergoing the treatment. In the case that Koppula was involved in, he defended himself, and the judge who presided over it ruled that the lawsuit was a “abuse of process.”
During the course of the legal procedures, Koppula was had to go through a medical examination. The results of this test revealed that the amount of psychological impairment that Koppula was suffering from as a result of the alleged injury did not match the threshold level required for damages. Despite the fact that Koppula did not agree with the conclusion reached by the medical panel, he did not lodge an official protest against their conclusions. As a result of this, the judge came to the conclusion that, as a matter of law, Koppula was not eligible to seek damages for their non-economic loss in this particular case.