Mum dies after sexual organs removed
WARNING: Graphic descriptions
ALISA Tepikina only had time to smile briefly at her newborn daughter before her life was tragically ended.
The 22-year-old mother from Russia died in the delivery room in "excruciating pain" when a doctor - who hasn't been named - intended to pull out the placenta cord but yanked out her uterus instead.
Now the 27-year-old doctor responsible faces up to three years in jail after being charged with causing death by negligence, following a six-month investigation into the incident, Mail Online reports.
According to evidence heard during the investigation, Ms Tepikina's placenta hadn't separated from her inverted uterus as it would during a normal birth.
After Anya was delivered, Ms Tepikina's placenta did not appear, causing the midwife to call a doctor to assist.
Ms Tepikina's parents then claim the obstetrician tugged "violently" on the umbilical cord, causing the young mother to scream in pain as her uterus was yanked out of her body.
She then suffered a cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness, with the official cause of her death registered as severe shock as a result of the pain.
Ms Tepikina's daughter is now being raised by her husband Nikolay Tepikin, 22, and her mother, Svetlana Malyukova.
During the six-month probe into the incident, which was conducted in the Russian town of Nizhneserginskaya, the Russian Investigative Committee rejected claims made by the hospital's head doctor Elena Barannikova.
Dr Barannikova had argued that there were no "violent actions" by the doctor involved and a "spontaneous inversion of the uterus" had occurred, according to Mail Online.
But the investigation found that Ms Tepikina's placenta should have been detached while she was under anaesthetic.
A team of medical experts argued that the "improper pulling of the umbilical cord led to full inversion of the uterus".
"The female organs that were pulled out, then pushed back when it was too late," the statement added.
Ms Tepikina's uterus was only reinserted four hours and 15 minutes after the incident, by which stage her life-threatening injuries had "already developed", the experts added.
The medical team used in the investigation alleged the doctor's actions "worsened" the incident.
Ms Tepikina's father Dmitry Malyukov also gave evidence and accused the doctor of ignoring Ms Tepikina. He said his daughter's screams could be heard throughout the hospital.
"This is like something from the Middle Ages. This caused a pain shock, severe bleeding and she fell into a coma," he said.