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Family sues after ob-gyn allegedly gave abortifacient to abort “ectopic pregnancy” that proved to be normal pregnancy

by | Sep 16, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

methotrexate3The Oregonian reported today that a family of a 4-year-old girl “has filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, claiming that before she was born a doctor wrongly diagnosed the girl’s mother with a tubal pregnancy and ordered medication to cause an abortion.”

According to the Oregonian’s Aimee Green, the lawsuit says the girl, who was delivered prematurely in 2010, “suffered from low birth weight and breathing troubles and ‘required a lengthy stay in the neonatal intensive care unit as a result of her prematurity.’” The suit states the girl also suffered kidney damage and could need a kidney transplant in the future.

As of yesterday, the newspaper was told a spokesman for Tuality Healthcare could not immediately comment and the former doctor for the mother, Audrey Dobek, couldn’t be reached.

According to the lawsuit, in September 2009 Dobek was bleeding and in pain. She saw Dr. Julie A. Olds, an obstetrician and gynecologist who was associated with Tuality Healthcare, who diagnosed Dobek as having an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

Olds recommended that Dobek receive the drug methotrexate to end her pregnancy, according to Green. Although Dobek received two injections of the drug, she did not abort her baby.

The suit claims that “At some point after that, she learned the egg had attached to her uterus” and Dobek switched doctors. Then

“When plaintiff’s mother learned that her pregnancy was, in fact, a viable intrauterine pregnancy that was progressing, plaintiff’s mother was advised of the many serious physical and developmental defects the Methotrexate may cause plaintiff to suffer, and that her pregnancy was now at high risk,” the suit states. “Plaintiff’s mother chose to continue her pregnancy.”

In March 2010, the now 4-year-old girl was born prematurely with a series of current and future medical issues, according to the suit.

Green finished her story with background on the ob-gyn.

Records with the Oregon Medical Board show Julie Ann Olds, also described as Julie Ann Quinn, is registered as an inactive doctor.

In 2011, she signed a corrective action agreement with the board after the board “opened an investigation regarding Licensee’s treatment of multiple patients with methotrexate.” Olds agreed to follow several conditions, including finding another doctor who would “review and discuss all cases involving early gestation with suspected extrauterine pregnancy and any proposed use of methotrexate…”