36 weeks pregnant, Winnipeg woman given medication to induce labour by mistake – Manitoba

A Winnipeg mother-to-be says she’s scared and wants her complaints heard after she was mistakenly given medication to induce labour when she went for a routine appointment with her gynecologist.

Serissa McKay went in for her regular weekly appointment on June 21. She’s due to give birth to her first child on July 18.

When a receptionist handed her four tablets and told her to head to the restroom and insert them into her vagina, McKay assumed it was part of her scheduled test for group B streptococcus, a bacterial infection found in pregnant women’s vaginas or rectums.

McKay followed the instructions but a few moments later, she got a call on her cellphone from the front desk of the clinic, which she said she thought was strange.

“I answered the phone, she said, ‘Are you Serissa?’ I said yes. She said, ‘Were you just here?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I was just in the waiting room, I’m just in the restroom right now.’

“She said, ‘Did you take the medication yet?’ I said yes, I did. She said ‘OK, I’m going to need you to come back immediately.'”

The receptionist brought McKay into an examination room, explaining to her she’d been given the wrong medication by mistake. The tablets she’d been handed were intended for another patient who had recently miscarried.

“The receptionist, she said, ‘I thought you would know that these weren’t yours,'” McKay said. “I’m like, ‘How am I supposed to know if you didn’t know?’

“It’s my first time going through this, so I expect that they would know what they were doing.”

When McKay’s doctor came in a few minutes later, she said the tablets would induce labour if they weren’t removed.

‘I’m scared’

After the painful process of removing the tablets, McKay said her doctor told her they hadn’t been absorbed much, so she didn’t have much to worry about. Then her doctor performed her regular checks on McKay.

McKay said it was only after she asked about what would happen next that the doctor told her to keep an eye…

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