A rather large oops
took place at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in November of 2008. A cesarean section was performed on a patient after several days of attempting to induce labor on her. The problem? She wasn't pregnant. Several days in the hospital, multiple attempts to induce labor, an epidural and the beginning of a c-section and there was no baby. Upon seeing a 'non-pregnant' uterus they closed her up. The woman was suffering from pseudocyesis or false pregnancy. This can be caused by psychological or hormonal problems. You'd think it would be simple to discover the fact that there was no baby by physical exam or an ultra sound. Since it took such an invasive procedure to come to the proper conclusion the State Medical Board launched an investigation. A year later the board took action, they fired off letters of concern to the doctors involved. Wow, glad to hear they took care of that!