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'The greatest health care system in the world'

How many times have you heard that? It’s usually in the context of our current system being placed in jeopardy if we were to move to a single-payer system. Our great care would suffer under socialized medicine, and choice would be eliminated, blah, blah, blah. Well our current ‘great’ system failed this woman in Whittier, CA…

A woman and her husband said they delivered their baby boy in the toilet at their home after hospital staff told the mother she was not ready to give birth. The couple, Leah and Richard Robles Jr., said they spent five hours at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital on July 9 but went home after they were told she was not ready to deliver. Fifty minutes after arriving home, Leah had the baby in the toilet after feeling the urge to use the restroom.

The baby, Richard Robles III, is healthy. The hospital’s spokeswoman, Wendy Flores, said she could not comment because of federal patient privacy laws.

Leah, who also has a 5-year-old daughter, said she and her husband went to the hospital because she was past her due date, bleeding and having contractions less than two minutes apart. When the couple returned home, Leah used the toilet, and suddenly realized she was having the baby.

She yelled out to her husband, “I think I’m having the baby.” Her husband yelled back, “No you’re not, honey. Come back to bed.” A few seconds later, Richard Robles III emerged face up in the toilet.

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