Amy Herbst, who has performed at the Nashville Opera Company, filed suit against Fort Campbell's Blanchfield Army Community Hospital earlier this month, claiming that the episiotomy she received during child birth last February caused her to lose control of her flatulence and, on occasion, bowel movements.
The surgery, which cuts the tissue between the anus and vagina to help the delivery of the baby, did not heal properly, leaving the soprano with a "complete breakdown of the episiotomy and perineum and the external sphincter is disrupted and the vagina and rectum are basically connected without any perineal body." Yikes.
The "complete breakdown" has obvious ramifications for Herbst's job. From her lawsuit: "As a result of her incontinence and excessive flatulence, Herbst has been unable to work as a professional opera singer."
"She is suffering though a very embarrassing and very significant injury, and frankly, the prognosis of a fully successful repair is pretty low," Herbst's attorney, Charles Allen, told the Army Times.
Herbst and her husband are seeking $2.5 million in damages.