A single mom is suing a pharmaceutical firm for the cost of raising her daughter after a packaging error allowed her to become pregnant.
Shanta Russell, 33, is demanding compensation from Qualitest Pharmaceuticals after the firm admitted her birth control pills had been put in the wrong order in the blister pack.
Placebo pills, to be taken when a woman has her period, were placed in the packs where active pills should have been.
This rendered Russell's contraceptives, which she had been taking for more than 12 years, ineffective.
The Kansas City native found out she was pregnant in June 2011.
Three months later she received a letter from Qualitest informing her of the mix-up.
She gave birth to her baby girl in early 2012, and filed the lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court on Feb. 6.
Qualitest's parent firm and the company that packaged the drugs are also being sued.
The Kansas City Star reports Russell, a self-confessed workaholic, had not intended to become pregnant so soon as she was working two jobs.
"I was devastated," Russell told The Star.
"I questioned myself. After all these years, how could this happen? Then I received a letter in the mail. Of course I was angry. There was nothing I did that was a mistake."
But she also revealed that she "adored" her little girl, saying that she now "can't live without her"
Endo Pharmaceuticals, Qualitest's parent company, has refused to comment on the case.
It is also facing similar lawsuits from women in California, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia.