A California woman has been in a coma for nearly one week, after she was rushed to the hospital on Valentine’s Day for severe abdominal pain. Her doctors sent her home after performing an ultrasound, but shortly thereafter, she fell unconscious and stopped breathing. She was rushed back to Anaheim Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery, where her doctors later realized their failure to recognize her ruptured ectopic pregnancy—in which the fetus develops outside the uterus. These types of life-threatening pregnancies are “relatively common and occur in about 1 percent of all pregnancies,” says Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at UH Chase Medical center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Greenfield also stated, “As a result, hospitals have experience spotting and treating them.” Despite this prevalence, doctors of the now comatose pregnant mom failed to recognize her symptoms. Negligence and other failures by medical professionals can lead to serious repercussions to mothers, as well as devastating birth injuries to children, which can have a life-long impact on the health and happiness of affected families.