CALIFORNIA (OCN) — David Thompson and his wife, Ellie, claims that the cough syrup that she was taking had “active ingredients” that let her home pregnancy test show positive in June of 2008 so the Los Angeles couple has filed a US$10 million lawsuit for emotional distress.
Mrs. Thompson, thinking she was actually pregnant, told her employer (a Dental Office) that she was resigning as their receptionist and would stay home to help out her husband’s home business during her pregnancy.
According to their attorney, James Sylvester, Mrs. Thompson had complications in 2006 and lost their first child so Mrs. Thompson, after taking the test and seeing that she was pregnant a few weeks ago in June, quit her job so that she could stay home and increase her chances of delivering a healthy baby.
After seeing her doctor in July the couple was sad to learn that she wasn’t in fact pregnant. “It’s like we lost a second child” says Mr. Thomspon. “It’s awful what we had to go through again.”
So, is it even possible to get pregnant by cough syrup? According to medical reports, cough syrup with “Guaifenesin” (an expectorant drug) is widely used by women to facilitiate conception by thinning and increasing the amount of cervical mucus but care must be taken as it has been associated with inguinal hernias in newborns.
There are two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect. Direct inguinal hernias occur when abdominal contents herniate through a weak point in the fascia of the abdominal wall and into the inguinal canal. Indirect inguinal hernias occurs when abdominal contents protrude through the deep inguinal ring; this is ultimately caused by failure of embryonic closure of the internal inguinal ring.
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