During her labor, Annie reminded the nurses that she had no wish to see her baby, but instead wanted for the baby to go immediately to the nursery and the waiting adoptive parents. However, immediately following delivery, a well-meaning nurse brought the baby over and placed it on her chest, despite Annie’s pleas to take the baby away. The nurse later said that she didn’t think Annie was serious about her desire, and that she thought if Annie actually saw the baby, she would realize that she wanted it. Annie did want this baby, but she knew she could not parent another child on her own. She had made her choices but now the situation was out of her control.
Annie suddenly went into cardiac arrest. She lost consciousness and died. The final determination was the situation with placing the baby on her chest likely played a key role in her death and that the hospital was liable.