Doctors told Ariel Knights, 22, that her life would be in danger if she went ahead with her pregnancy due to a medical condition she suffers from. She had a very difficult time with the decision, however, with a young son and fiancé to consider, she decided to have an abortion.
Knights made an appointment at Akron Women's Medical Group in March of 2012. But the abortion didn't go according to plan. The mother is now suing the abortion clinic after it failed to terminate her pregnancy.
The Daily Mail tells the stunning story:
'It was a decision I made because my life was in danger,' [Knights] said. 'I was put in jeopardy.'
On the morning of her appointment, in March 2012, Knights said women were being herded into the clinic's waiting room like cattle.
'Every seat was full. People were standing,' Knights told the Beacon Journal. 'It was pretty much like a slaughterhouse; it was like OK, next, next.'
She described how, when her name was called, she walked into a cramped room, hopped onto a table and, as instructed, positioned her lower body over a trash bag. When the doctor was finished, and she was still woozy from the sedation, Knights was handed her belongings and shown the door.
'(The doctor) said, "All right, everything's good and clear, everything went well,"' she recalled, thinking that was it.
But that was hardly the end of the story.
After becoming extremely ill and suffering from pain, Knights went to the emergency room where an obstetrician gave her an internal ultrasound.
"The look on (the doctor's) face when he found out, he was like, 'Oh my goodness, honey, you're still pregnant,'" the mother told the Journal. "My fiancé and I, we both were kind of in shock."
According to the lawsuit, Knights then called the Akron abortion clinic, who are denying the allegations against them, and she was informed she could go to their Cleveland office. She declined and instead got in touch with another clinic, however, they told her she wouldn't be treated for "somebody else's mistake."
So Knights and her fiancé decided to go through with the pregnancy.
"But because she suffered uterine didelphys, which results in a double uterus with individual cervices, it was dangerous and extremely stressful," according to the Daily Mail.
Though it required multiple ER visits, bi-weekly ultrasounds and a doctor specializing in high-risk pregnancies, Knights gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl in September. They call her a "miracle baby" and they adore her.
Now that the pregnancy is over, Knights wants to know why the abortion clinic doctor thought the abortion was complete and what, if anything, was removed from her body during the procedure. That's why she's filed her malpractice lawsuit against the clinic and two doctors. She is seeking at least $25,000 for her pain and suffering.
The clinic and doctors are denying any negligence and challenge the lawsuit on several levels, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, the implications of the failed abortion are not lost on the mother of the "miracle baby."
“That’s a sore subject to think about. I mean, it’s just hard, thinking she’s here and thinking, if they would have done their job… It’s just something I don’t like to think about," she told the Journal.