Mother of Seven Slips Into Coma After Doctors Fail to Detect Ectopic Pregnancy

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Feb 24, 2015   |   1:38PM   |   Los Angeles, CA

On Valentine’s Day, Lisa Avila, who was 12-weeks-pregnant, was rushed to Anaheim Regional Hospital in California after she woke up in excruciating adnominal pain. At the hospital, doctors did an ultrasound and determined that there was nothing wrong with her baby. Lisa’s husband said, “They did do an ultrasound and told them the baby was fine. They did some tests, said that there was nothing wrong with her.” Then Lisa’s doctors gave her a prescription for the painkiller Percocet and sent her home.

After the couple left the hospital, they stopped at a Walgreens store to get

the prescription filled and the unthinkable happened. Avila’s aunt, Jule, said, “Avila stopped breathing outside the drugstore. When her husband came back to their car, he found her unconscious. Responding paramedics rushed her back to Anaheim Regional Medical Center. For three hours, we didn’t know if she was dead or alive. She had an ectopic pregnancy that burst inside of her. She needed emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.”


Unfortunately, the misdiagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening to a pregnant woman because if the ectopic pregnancy ruptures, she may bleed to death. The very next day Avila went into a coma. Jule and the rest of Avila’s family are outraged by the hospitals’ oversight. Jule asked, “Why did they make my niece leave this hospital when obviously there was something wrong? How could they say the baby was fine if it was an ectopic pregnancy and you did an ultrasound?”

The hospital said in a statement, “The physicians, nurses and staff at Anaheim Regional Medical Center care deeply for the health of this patient and our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. Patient privacy laws prevent us from sharing any additional information.”



Now Avila is in an intensive care unit and is unable to breathe on her own.

Avila is the mother of seven children, the oldest child is 18 and the youngest is seven months.

Many people believe that abortion is required to save the life of the mother in an ectopic pregnancy; however, that is not true and is based on false information. In fact, according to the Association of Pro-Life Physicians (APP), there are no maternal health risks that require abortion.


For example, in ectopic pregnancies the removal of the fallopian tube will save the woman’s life and this is not the same as abortion. The APP explains, “When the life of the mother is truly threatened by her pregnancy, if both lives cannot simultaneously be saved, then saving the mother’s life must be the primary aim. If through our careful treatment of the mother’s illness the pre-born patient inadvertently dies or is injured, this is tragic and, if unintentional, is not unethical and is consistent with the pro-life ethic. But the intentional killing of an unborn baby by abortion is never necessary.”