After a Colorado pharmacist accidentally gave a pregnant woman a prescription for an abortion pill, her unborn baby's life may be at risk.
Mareena Silva is six weeks pregnant. When she picked up her prescription for an antibiotic at her local Safeway pharmacy, she never thought twice about taking it.
"I took it because I thought it was mine," she said.
After taking the drug, Silva said she began to feel ill. At that time she discovered the pharmacist had given her the wrong prescription.
"I came back and I looked at the bottle and it wasn't my name," she recalled.
The pharmacist gave Silva a drug known as methotrexate -- something that's used to treat cancer patients, but is also used to terminate early pregnancies.
"This is my first child, so it's really difficult to deal with," Silva said.
The prescription was intended for a 59-year-old woman with the exact same last name as Silva's and a similar first name.
"My doctor immediately told me to try and make myself vomit to see if I could get the medicine to come back up," she said.
Silva was rushed to the hospital where doctors gave her charcoal in an effort to help absorb the drug.
"For all this to happen now is really overwhelming. To know that I have to come home and sit and wait," she said.
In a released statement, Safeway admitted the pharmacist's error.
"Safeway's first concern is the health of our patients," the statement read. "When the pharmacist became aware of what happened, he worked with the patient and with her physicians to minimize any possible health consequences to the patient and her unborn child. We have extended our sincere apologies to the customer, and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of a prescription error."
Safeway officials said they have launched a full investigation into the matter.
"Safeway has pharmacy systems and processes in place to prevent this kind of occurrence," the statement continued. "We have a well-earned reputation for reliably and safely filling prescriptions, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure our procedures and policies are being followed at each of our pharmacies."
However, Safeway's efforts are little consolation for the expectant mother.
"Sorry is not going to cut it," Silva said. "I'm going to have to deal with this for a long time."
In the meantime, doctors are keeping a close watch on Silva's progress. They say she could have a miscarriage or the child could be carried full term, but be born with birth defects. She could also have a happy, healthy baby.
In the meantime, Silva said she wonders how such a terrible mistake could happen.
"My baby could have deformities. There's a lot that goes with it," she said.