An Oklahoma woman who gave birth to a child with atrial septal defects and other heart defects was given Zofran during her pregnancy for morning sickness. The child was treated at the hospital and placed in foster care after the mother, Candace Stanley, was charged with neglect for taking other drugs during pregnancy, including methamphetamines.
Stanley called 911 and reported and “alien baby” in her house. When paramedics arrived, they found the baby unresponsive and a naked Stanley holding the umbilical cord. The baby was rushed to the hospital, where doctors discovered several birth defects that may be associated with Stanley’s use of Zofran during pregnancy.
Zofran is an anti-nausea drug given to post-surgery patients and patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer. However, some doctors have given the drug to pregnant women to treat morning sickness. Recent studies have since linked Zofran use during pregnancy to an increased risk of birth defects, including cleft palate defects and heart defects.