PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – An Oregon woman is suing an Olive Garden restaurant because she got sick after eating there and had to have a Caesarian section instead of natural childbirth.
Miranda Fischer, who was pregnant with her second child at the time, ate lunch there with her husband and 11 other relatives in January of last year, reports The Oregonian.
Within 36 hours of that lunch, 6 of the 13 diners, including Fisher and her husband, were sickened by a norovirus infection, according to the lawsuit.
Fischer suffered from nausea, diarrhea and dehydration while in the hospital to give birth, says her attorney, Thomas Patton.
Patton says the baby was breach, but doctors had planned to turn it around in the womb and have her give birth naturally.
But, Patton tells The Oregonian, Fischer was too dehydrated to have a natural childbirth.
“They couldn’t do it,” Patton said. “They just knocked her out and went ahead with an emergency Caesarian.”
He adds the husband was too sick to help his wife during the delivery procedure.
Blood tests at the hospital confirmed she had been infected with novovirus.
The lawsuit claims the Olive Garden in Salem was negligent and did not enforce proper sanitary procedures.
A spokesman for Olive Garden’s parent company said there was no indication the restaurant was to blame.
“We don’t have any indication that this lady contracted norovirus at our restaurant or that norovirus caused her to have a C-section,” said Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Darden Restaurants.
The suit is seeking $50,000.
And as for the baby…
“The baby is fine,” Patton said. “That worked out.”
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