Suburban Chicago girl alleges poppy seed cake led to optimistic opiate take a look at | Illinois

CHICAGO  — A suburban Chicago girl alleges {that a} hospital examined her for medicine with out her consent earlier than she gave delivery, leading to a false optimistic for opiates that she attributes to a poppy seed cake however which led to months of monitoring by state baby welfare employees.

The Nationwide Advocates for Pregnant Girls and the ACLU of Illinois filed a criticism with the Illinois Division of Human Rights on the lady’s behalf in opposition to the AMITA St. Alexius Medical Heart for finishing up the “discriminatory, non-consensual drug take a look at of a first-time mom.”

The 46-year-old girl gave delivery by way of cesarean part to a untimely however in any other case wholesome boy in April 2021 on the Hoffman Estates hospital. She stated hospital employees rejected her rationalization that she might have examined optimistic for opiates as a result of the day she was examined and the day earlier than, she had eaten makowiec, a poppy seed cake that’s a standard Polish Easter dessert.

“I by no means imagined that having fun with a standard Polish cake at an Easter celebration would create suspicion that we’d not look after our baby,” the lady stated Thursday in a information launch.

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The girl and her husband, who stay within the DuPage County metropolis of Wooden Dale, emigrated from Poland in 2001.

She stated she informed nurses and medical doctors she had not taken any medicine, and the one attainable rationalization was that it was a false optimistic due to the poppy seed cake.

The girl alleges that a physician and nurse disregarded her considerations regardless of analysis displaying it’s attainable for folks to check optimistic for opiates after consuming poppy seeds.

She alleges the hospital violated the Illinois Human Rights Act by testing her urine for medicine with out her data or consent and reporting her to the Illinois Division of Youngsters and Household Providers based mostly on a false optimistic consequence.

“There’s no medical purpose to drug take a look at all pregnant folks as they arrive in for medical care and these form of blanket insurance policies actually deter pregnant folks from getting therapy and help,” stated Emily Hirsch, an ACLU employees legal professional. “… She’s coming in and the one purpose they’re drug testing her is as a result of she’s pregnant, and that could be a type of intercourse discrimination.”

Tim Nelson, a spokesman for Amita Well being, stated in an electronic mail that the well being system can’t touch upon pending litigation. He didn’t reply to questions on whether or not the hospital or Amita Well being performs drug exams on all pregnant ladies who’re admitted.

The girl, whose toddler exhibited no signs of withdrawal, was taken to new child intensive care earlier than she was contacted by a hospital social employee to speak in regards to the drug take a look at outcomes.

She defined once more in regards to the poppy seed cake however the social employee stated the umbilical twine blood would nonetheless be examined. It examined optimistic for morphine, which is an opioid, and the social employee was required to report the matter to DCFS regardless of believing her rationalization, the criticism states.

The state company’s investigation lasted about three months. Although the case was terminated July 1, her file can be maintained for five years.

The Illinois Division of Human Rights can mediate and examine complaints and difficulty findings. If it finds substantial proof of the lady’s cost, the criticism may be taken to courtroom or filed with the Illinois Human Rights Fee, amongst different outcomes, the Chicago Tribune reported.