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Opera singer sues after botched surgery leaves her with excessive flatulence

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The Army Times reports a story about an opera singer who filed a lawsuit this week against the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On Wednesday, Charles Allen, the attorney for Staff Sgt. James and his wife Amy Herbst, told the Army times that a botched operation has caused Mrs. Herbst physical pain, embarrassment, and the loss of her opera career.

Amy Herbst, a trained opera singer, claims that during the 2012 birth of her son at a military hospital, a nurse-midwife performed an unnecessary episiotomy. An episiotomy is a process which involves cutting into the area between the anus and the vagina.

The process is only used under certain circumstances. In this case, the nurse applied sutures to the area. Herbst says she didn’t consent to the procedure. According to the lawsuit, Herbst has experienced periodic leaking of stool and excessive flatulence.

Herbst will require surgery to repair the damage. Unfortunately, more surgery may not offer a permanent solution. The couple filed their lawsuit in Cincinnati federal court earlier this week. They have requested $2.5 million in damages.

Read more about this flatulent former opera singer at the Army Times or the Daily News.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at augustlake@fuse.net. Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.

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