The lawyer we are working with on this case has said that we need an MD who is willing to testify that releasing a placenta to the mother does not pose a health risk. The hospital will have their legal team working with a variety of doctors who will testify that it does pose a health risk, extreme enough that they should not have to release Anne’s placenta for her own safety (and probably that of the public at large). They will also have officials from the health department presenting their concerns over the release of placentas to women. We have to have an MD willing to argue for our side, or the lawyer will likely not even try the case. I have been calling on my top list of helpful doctors, but nobody has been willing to “stick their neck out” for this, or commit “professional suicide”, to quote some of the responses I have received. I understand their position, since their livelihood could very well be at stake.
This is bad news, because the hospitals in Las Vegas are now aware of this issue, and I am very concerned that they will stop releasing placentas to women at all. I have heard comments from some area hospitals that were previously placenta-friendly say that releasing a placenta from their facility “will never happen again”.
Anne heard from Sunrise Hospital on Friday (4-27) that they will keep her placenta frozen for one more week, at which time they will dispose of it unless court papers are filed.
We are running out of time. Please help if you can. Call anyone with the initials M.D. after their name who you think might even possibly be interested in helping us – from my understanding, they do not need to be local to Las Vegas to help. If you are an MD willing to help our cause, retired or otherwise, please contact me.