SEATTLE, WA (August 8, 2015) – A woman in Seattle claims a community clinic made a big mistake – they gave her a flu shot instead of a birth control injection.
And the clinic’s mistake resulted in an unplanned pregnancy.
According to KIRO, Yesenia Pacheco loves her daughter, Sandra. But Pacheco says Sandra was unplanned and born because of the negligence by employees at NeighborCare Health in Seattle.
After a difficult pregnancy, Sandra was born in 2012 with a brain malformation affecting motor and speech called unilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria.
Pacheco has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the government since the clinic is federally funded.
KIRO spoke with Pacheco who says she was getting the Depo-Provera birth control injection every three months at the clinic.
The lawsuit claims in September 2011, Pacheco was scheduled to receive a birth control injection, but instead she was given the flu shot.
Her attorneys have a chart showing where she was billed for the influenza injection.
Three months later, Pacheco went back to the clinic for another birth control injection, only to be told she had received a flu shot on her previous appointment.
A pregnancy test at the clinic turned up positive.
“I asked what happened,” said Pacheco. “They said you are 2 1/2 months pregnant. You don’t have to have it. You won’t have to pay anything.”
“She loves the child, but she was put in a position she did not want to be in,” said attorney Mike Maxwell.
Pacheco is suing for an unspecified amount, they say, for medical bills and pain and suffering.