Opera singer: career ruined after botched surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WVLT) -- A Nashville Opera Company singer is suing the federal government after a childbirth operation at a military post, which she says caused problems that threaten her career.

Amy Herbst and her husband, former Army Staff Sgt. James Herbst, say a nurse-midwife at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., caused her injuries during the birth of her son in February 2012 when the nurse performed an episiotomy.

The couple claims a nurse made the incision without consent. During a follow-up, another nurse told Herbst attempts to repair the incision failed.

Herbst alleges she is now unable to work as a professional opera singer because of "incontinence and excessive flatulence"

A hospital spokeswoman did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

The couple filed the suit Jan. 16 in Cincinnati.


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