Woman Sues Virginia Doctor for IUD Found in Her Abdomen

Posted on Oct 20, 2012

Virginia native Angela Collins claimed medical malpractice and filed a lawsuit against Blue Ridge Gynecology and Obstetrics after she discovered that they had failed to remove a Mirena birth control IUD that had traveled to her abdomen.

Other users of the Mirena IUD have experienced pain and reported cases. In fact, the FDA put out a letter warning Bayer, Inc. of its product in 2009 aimed toward marketing used to promote its Mirena birth control device. The FDA letter focused on the promotional material, as leaving out specific information around complications caused by the device. 

Angela Collins was implanted with the Mirena IUD in September of 2006. When she developed a left ectopic pregnancy in 2007, she was treated at Blue Ridge Gynecology and Obstetrics, where they discovered the IUD was missing. At that time, Dr. Karen Wade allegedly failed to use an imaging scan to find the birth control device even though it had gone missing.

As the pain continued, Angela sustained treatment where she alleges that no action was ever taken to try and find where the IUD had moved. In June of 2007, the plaintiff went to the emergency room with abdominal pain and afterwards was told by Dr. Wade the pain was caused by scar tissue. She was prescribed pain medication.

Believing her doctor, Collins did not go to back to Blue Ridge or seek medical care until three years later. 

In November of 2010, Collins went to the ER where a CT scan revealed the IUD in her abdomen. Two months later the device was extracted at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Cases like these can be devastating. If you have suffered from medical malpractice, call Tavss Fletcher at 757-625-1214 and get representation from experienced attorneys who care.

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