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Woman gets $1.5-million for unwanted C-section

A jury has awarded $1.5-million to a woman who claimed doctors delivered her child by Caesarean section against her wishes.

It is thought to be one of the first cases in the nation in which a patient successfully claimed in a lawsuit that a Caesarean section was unnecessary, said Penny Rutledge, an attorney for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Doctors frequently are sued for malpractice for not performing Caesareans when needed, resulting in damage to the baby.

Mary D. Meador claimed that the surgery in 1985, which apparently set off an intestinal condition that hospitalized her for nearly a year, was not necessary and that she told doctors she didn't want it.

Another of Meador's four children was delivered by C-section without incident.

A lawyer for the doctors, Sidney Stahler and Ruben Gheridian, said Meador changed her mind after labor began and wanted a C-section.

A jury deliberated three days after a six-day trial and awarded her $1,534,000 on June 7, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.