Back when the Wild Boar was a third year medical student he did a rotation in an inner city hospital. He basically followed an ob/gyn resident around trying to learn about the specialty.
One day they were called to the ER by the emergency room physician for a patient presenting with a pulsating abdominal mass and vaginal bleeding.
Strange I know. A pulsating abdominal mass? Yep, that’s what the ER doc called it.
Upon arriving at the ER, the resident immediately began performing an abdominal exam while taking the patient’s history. The patient was losing lots of blood and he wanted to quickly evaluate her condition.
He soon realized the pulsating mass was the patient’s uterus bouncing off her aorta, something the ER doc did not recognize right away.
The resident rapidly moved on to a pelvic exam, trying to locate the source of the bleeding.
As he began examining her it was obvious she had an enlarged uterus and a laceration consistent with someone who had just given birth. The remnants of afterbirth in the vaginal canal were also a dead give away.
The patient was sixteen years old and had come to the hospital alone.
Without delay the resident started interrogating the patient. He wanted to know the location of the baby she had just delivered.
The young girl flat out denied having just given birth. He asked her again. She denied it. Again. Denied.
It was the dead of winter and temperatures outside were below freezing with snow everywhere.
The resident pleaded with this young patient to tell where the baby was….for the baby’s sake and for hers.
Still, complete denial. She swore on her life she had not just given birth.
The resident paged the head nurse to come to the room STAT. He explained the situation to her, telling about the birth denial and the imminent danger or possible death of the baby.
This conversation took place in front of the patient while she STILL vehemently denied the truth.
The resident instructed the nurse to call the police. By some stroke of luck the patient had given her ”real address” when she filled out the paperwork for the ER.
The police were intelligent enough to go to this girl’s home before coming to the hospital, hoping to find signs of the missing newborn.
No one was home, the doors were unlocked. Blood was everywhere. The police followed the blood trail throughout the house and out the back door into the yard.
With the white snow it was not hard to see there was blood leading all the way to the back fence where it abruptly ended.
The police looked over the fence, into an alley, and that’s when they saw it.
A stray, German Shepard dog had curled herself around the naked, newborn infant that had been tossed over the fence. The dog had licked her clean while keeping her body warm…essentially saving her life. The same life the young mother had no interest in protecting.
The baby was brought to the hospital by ambulance. She was found to be a full-term infant in perfect condition even though she was discarded for hours in snowy, -15 degree temperatures.
It is thought the baby would not have survived had it not been for the dog’s instinctual behavior.
At the time, this story was front page news in every newspaper in the area. Every news station reported it.
The patient was discharged from the hospital several days later after lots of psych evaluations. She was found to be perfectly normal. It took her almost two days to finally admit the baby was hers.
She uneventfully went home with her parents who never even knew she was pregnant. As time passed, social services deemed her home a safe place for the baby.
The young mother was granted full custody even though she tossed that baby in the snow to die.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this baby ending up with the mother. Can you even imagine looking your child in the eye with them learning you tried to kill them minutes after birth?
Was it temporary insanity or just a scared child giving birth? Or selfishness?
It’s so hard to imagine not the slightest bit of maternal instinct kicking in. I mean not giving the baby up for adoption but rather leaving it to freeze to death.
She cared enough about herself to get to the hospital and be checked but not enough about the tiny innocent life she left to suffer and die in the snow.
It sickens me to this day.