For any woman, finding out you are pregnant unexpectedly can bring on a whole raft of emotions.
For Yesenia Pacheco, the news caused distress and confusion, as she was on birth control.
Now the mother has been awarded more than $13 million in damages after it was discovered she was mistakenly given a flu shot instead of her birth control injection in 2011, which resulted in the unwanted pregnancy of a severely disabled child.
Yesenia had gone to her community healthcare centre in Seattle, USA, to receive an injection of a hormone called Depo-Provera, which is used for birth control, The Seattle Times reports.
She already had two children with her partner, Luis Lemus, and so wanted to avoid another pregnancy in order to support her family.
However, a nurse at the government-funded clinic for low-income families didn’t check the mother’s chart and gave her the flu vaccine instead of her intended birth control. The nurse had reportedly been doing walk-in flu shots all day.
Yesenia discovered the mistake when she called to make her next appointment but was already pregnant.
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During a trial earlier this year, a district judge ruled that Yesenia would not have become pregnant if not for being given the incorrect shot.…