Hours before Rinat Dray gave birth, she reportedly got involved in a dispute with her OB-GYN, Leonid Gorelik, M.D. He had threatened to stop examining her if she continued to refuse a cesarean section, she said.
“He was pressing me hard. He put the glove on to see how dilated I am,” she said, recalling her July 26, 2011, delivery. “He took it out and then he said, ‘I’m not going to check you unless you sign for the C-section.’”
After two previous C-sections, Dray said she wanted to avoid such a procedure with her third pregnancy, and she felt she and her baby were OK. She had chosen Staten Island University Hospital precisely because of their relatively low C-section rates, she said.
Dray said she never consented to the C-section, but it was performed anyway and her bladder was perforated during her surgery.