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New Moms Say Warner Robins Baby Doctor Didn't Deliver

Two Warner Robins women say their doctor for their entire pregnancy, didn't show up on their delivery day.

They say the doctor, Paul Harnetty, never told them that in fact, he couldn't deliver their babies, because he doesn't have privileges to practice at any area hospitals.

One-week-old Rosalee Fitch is doing well now, but on her birthday, her mother, Mary, had her worries.

Mary Fitch said, "It was pretty traumatic."

Fitch says she went to Dr. Harnetty's Warner Robins office at the start of her pregnancy, and assumed he would deliver Rosalee at Houston Healthcare. That hospital is located five minutes from her home.

When she went into labor, she says the doctor told her husband to drive 30 minutes to Macon. The Fitchs recently moved to Warner Robins from Michigan, and didn't know how to get to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Fitch said the doctor told them, "Get on I-75. There should be signs to let me know where the hospital was."

When they got there, they heard another surprise. Dr. Harnetty wasn't coming to deliver the baby. In fact, he couldn't deliver Rosalee. Dr. Harnetty cannot practice at the Medical Center, because he does not have permission from the medical staff's board.

Fitch said, "I just thought it was pretty bad, he didn't let me know what was going on. So, then once I'm in labor, I have the extra stress of dealing with who's going to deliver my baby, where am I going to deliver, and if everything's going to be OK."

Another woman told 13WMAZ a similar story about her experience with Dr. Harnetty. Lisette Nelson said she too went to Harnetty her entire pregnancy, and learned at the very end, he couldn't be there for her delivery, because he doesn't have permission to practice at hospitals in Macon or Warner Robins.

Nelson said, "He's not being truthful. I had the same doctor the whole time, but heard different versions of the truth. He needs to be honest with people, because this confusion was preventable."

The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Coliseum Hospitals confirmed Dr. Paul Harnetty is not on their staff.

Houston Healthcare spokeswoman Priscilla Kennedy said Harnetty resigned from their staff July 23rd, but referred further questions about the reason, to Dr. Harnetty.

Dr. Harnetty would not comment, said his office manager Cathie Dukes.

Dukes did say, "Our patients are of the utmost concern. We've tried very hard to inform them of information as soon as possible."

She said Harnetty has applied to the Medical Center of Central Georgia to practice there, but the hospital wouldn't confirm that.

Mary Fitch said, "I just want the public to know what's going on, so some other woman doesn't get put in this situation."

Attorney Kelly Burke is representing both Fitch and Nelson. He said he filed a complaint with Georgia's medical licensing board Friday, alleging "patient abandonment".

Burke said the women want other patients to know what happened to them. He said, "They need to start asking questions. Who is going to deliver my baby? Why am I paying you to do this, if you're not going to be there? There's plenty of OB-GYN's in town who will see those people."

According to Georgia's State Board of Medical Examiners, Paul Harnetty's medical license is active, and there's been no public board actions taken against him in the past.


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