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Mom sues federal govt. after receiving flu shot instead of birth control
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A Washington mother wants the federal government to pay her unplanned childs medical bills after a federally funded clinic gave her a flu shot instead of a birth control injection, resulting in the pregnancy. - photo by Jessica Ivins
SEATTLE A Washington mother wants the federal government to pay her unplanned childs medical bills after a federally funded clinic gave her a flu shot instead of a birth control injection, resulting in the pregnancy.

Back in September 2011, Yesenia Pacheco scheduled an appointment at Seattles NeighborCare Health which is funded by the U.S. government for her regular Depo-Provera birth control injection, according to Seattles KIRO 7 News. Shed been frequenting the clinic every three months for the shots.

But during that particular visit, the shot she received had no power against an unplanned pregnancy. The only thing this particular injection would prevent was the flu, according to KIRO.

Pacheco went a full three months until her next appointment unaware that shed been given a flu shot instead of Depo-Provera, so when she returned to the clinic and received news she was pregnant, she was shocked.

I asked what happened, she told KIRO. They said, You are two and a half months pregnant. You dont have to have it. You wont have to pay anything.

Personal beliefs ruled out the possibility of an abortion, Pacheco said, so she went ahead with the pregnancy.

Pachecos third daughter, Sandra, was born in 2012 with a cognitive disorder that causes delays in motor and speech skills. Sandra has to take medication twice a day to prevent seizures, KIRO reports.

Pacheco has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court over the mishap, claiming wrongful life thanks to the negligence of employees at NeighborCare Health, KIRO reports. Pacheco is seeking an unspecified amount from the federal government to cover medical expenses, along with pain and suffering.

She loves the child, but she was put in a position she did not want to be in, Pachecos attorney Mike Maxwell said.

As for NeighborCare Health, officials told KIRO they were aware of Pachecos situation and that they feel great empathy for her. While they would not comment further on the case due to the lawsuit, they said they would learn from this situation.

A federal judge has yet to rule on the suit.
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