Teen Falls Ill After Getting Botched Birth Control Implant AT SCHOOL, Parents Had No Idea
Can you imagine sending your child (a minor) to school where she receives birth control without your consent? Now imagine that the doctor botched the job and the unauthorized treatment made her very sick.
A mother learned her 16-year-old daughter received a birth control implant at school after the teen started complaining about headaches and a pain in her arm.
Nicole Lambert sent her daughter to get checked out by a pediatrician. The doctor notified her that the three-year contraceptive, Nexplanon, had been improperly implanted in her daughter’s arm and it needed to be removed.
According to paperwork on Merck’s website, the maker of Nexplanon, the implant should go on the inside of the upper arm. Photos show Lambert’s daughter had the implant near the back of her arm. Her doctor advised taking the implant out to avoid possible complications, including blood clots.
“I instantly started crying because just to hear that your child, anything could happen to your child and you didn’t even know what’s going on, it’s a scary feeling,” Lambert said.
The tiny tube was removed a few days later.
“I actually went to the school. I was furious. I was mad, so I went to the school and the nurse told me, ‘I don’t have to talk to you about absolutely nothing.’ I’m like that is my child, I take care of this child, you can talk to me about my child, and they put me out of the school,” said Lambert.
according to Lambert’s attorney David Ledyard, “In Baltimore city, the nurses are not part of the school. They’re not school employees, they are health department employees,” Ledyard said. “So the nurse said, ‘we don’t have to talk with you,’ pursuant to this law.”
In Maryland, minors can receive contraceptive services without parental knowledge or consent, according to Planned Parenthood.
According to Ledyard, the school district did not have any additional information it could provide to Lambert either — so she sought out the attorney to investigate the issue further.
“We see this as an invasive medical procedure, and there just needs to be some more oversight. How do we know these people are properly trained or certified,” Ledyard said.
The rightfully upset mother added that the school calls her to ask if it’s ok to give her daughter Tylenol but didn’t call her about birth control.
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