September 8, 2023

Woman Sues Planned Parenthood after Misdiagnosis Leads to Potential Infertility

Kipenzi Chidinma is suing Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley for malpractice after their misdiagnosis led to injury and potential infertility.

Chidinma visited Planned Parenthood in March of 2022 to speak with a doctor. Chidinma was experiencing abnormally heavy vaginal bleeding, headaches, hormonal imbalance, and bloating. She also told Planned Parenthood's doctor, Catherine Khoo, that she had a mass in her stomach. Chidinma requested an ultrasound, but Khoo refused.

Chidinma's lawsuit states, “Despite plaintiff’s repeated efforts, (Planned Parenthood) utilized their position of superior knowledge and wrongfully, negligently and incorrectly diagnosed plaintiff with simple constipation.”

For several months, Planned Parenthood also denied Chidinma's requests for additional testing and referral to a specialist. As her condition worsened, she eventually learned that Planned Parenthood didn't even have an ultrasound machine. When Planned Parenthood finally provided a referral, Chidinma found that she had large, advanced fibroids in her uterus.

Uterine fibroids are known to cause infertility in some cases. Because Planned Parenthood did not assist Chidinma when she informed them of her symptoms, her condition has developed to the point that only surgical treatments remain. Chidinma may have to undergo a hysterectomy, which would remove her uterus entirely.