A WOMAN died minutes after giving birth as a doctor trying to remove the placenta accidentally ripped out her internal organs.
Alisa Tepikina, 22, smiled at her newborn daughter, but was killed soon after suffering “excruciating pain” when an obstetrician yanked on the umbilical cord to remove the placenta from an inverted uterus.
The victim’s mother has now revealed that all the woman’s inner sexual organs were ripped out in the botched procedure.
The revelation came as the medical team was officially reprimanded but allowed to continue working by Russian health officials over the patient’s death.
Separately, a full-scale criminal case is now underway headed by the Russian Investigative Committee with doctors facing up to three years in jail if convicted of medical manslaughter.
The committee confirmed the criminal probe is being handled as a “particularly important case”.
Calling for jail, Svetlana Malyukova, 42, mother of Alisa, told Komsomolskaya Pravda: “I hope we will manage to prove their guilt and they will not avoid real punishment.
“This reprimand has nothing to do with it.”
A midwife had called in a female obstetrician, aged 27, when the placenta did not appear.
The specialist tugged “violently” at the umbilical cord, according to the victim’s parents.
“My daughter was suffering, she was screaming in pain. But the doctor paid no attention,” said her 47-year-old father Dmitry Malyukov.
Earlier her father had said the obstetrician “tugged the umbilical cord with real force” and his daughter screamed so loud that she could be heard throughout the hospital.
This is like something from the Middle Ages. This caused a pain shock, severe bleeding, and she fell into a coma.”
Alisa’s placenta did not separate from her inverted uterus in the normal way, according to evidence in the case being heard in Nizhneserginskaya in Sverdlovsk region.
She then suffered a cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.
A helicopter was put on standby to rush the mother to a major surgical hospital – but she was deemed too weak to fly.
Surgeons were sent to her and performed an operation in an attempt to save her life.
They failed to do so and the official cause of her death was registered as severe shock caused by pain.
There had been complications which had led to the woman’s birth being induced one week early.
A senior Russian obstetrician claimed there was “aggressive removal of the placenta” in the case.
Manual removal of the placenta could have been done under general anaesthetic or surgery might have been required, he said.
Alisa’s grandmother Lyudmila said: “I called the hospital and asked if Alisa saw her daughter before she died. They told me what she had seen her child, and smiled.”
Soon after the birth her husband Nikolay Tepikin, 22, had accompanied the baby to another hospital because the girl had a minor neck injury.
When he returned several hours later he was told his wife was seriously ill and allowed to sit with her but emerged that Alisa was already dead.
“Her eyes were covered in blindfolds, her jaw was tied up,” he said.