A pregnant teen said her first visit to the OB/GYN as an expecting mother was ruined because of a blood-stained tray in Monroe -- and now a former nurse at the clinic is speaking out.
Alissa Blais and her mother, Callie Sanders, visited Brown's Women's Care in Monroe last week. The two said, upon entering the exam room, they found a tray with what appeared to be blood stains and used tools.
"This is supposed to be where you get your first ultrasound where you hear the heartbeat and I feel like that was ruined for me," Alissa Blais said.
The two immediately took pictures and shared them on social media and now a former nurse at the clinic said the behavior isn't out of the ordinary.
"There was a time where we were supposed to sterilize something for so many hours before it was reused," the former nurse said. "We didn't have that time but they used it anyway."
The nurse who spoke to FOX 46 Charlotte said she quit the job on her own terms.
The clinic said the red and orange stains were not blood but an antiseptic.
"All I'm saying is it's not blood," the clinic manager told FOX 46 Charlotte. "What was the reason for it being left out -- I don't know why it was there?"
Sanders said she's not buying the excuse from the clinic.
"Some of my friends are doctors and nurses and midwives and they were like no, there's blood on that tray," Sanders said. "That tray was used for a procedure."
The North Carolina Medical Board does not have any records showing investigations against Heather Brown -- the head doctor at the clinic. It would not disclose how many complaints have been filed against Brown in the past.
The Union County Health Department is aware of the situation. FOX 46 Charlotte is waiting to hear more information from the department on if they proceed further with any sort of investigation.
The NC Medical Board received the official complaint and made the following statement:
"Your recent complaint has been received by the NCMB’s Complaint Section. Each complaint filed with the Board is taken seriously and carefully reviewed. A copy of your complaint will be forwarded to the above named licensee for a review and response to the Board.The complaint you submitted serves as your full statement and you will not be contacted unless clarification or additional information is needed. While the complaint process results may not change the situation as noted in your complaint it can be an opportunity for the licensee to learn how to do things differently/better with future patients should the Board have any concerns that indicate a violation of the Medical Practice Act. The review process can sometimes take up to four months or more. When the review is complete, and a decision has been made, you will be notified via USPS of the outcome. Please refer to the attached brochure for further details concerning the Board’s review process."