Opera Singer Farts When Singing, Sues Over Surgery
Amy Herbst says unkind cut ruined her singing career
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2014 5:47 PM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2014 8:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Hitting a high C is hard enough without worrying about passing gas—and an opera singer in Nashville is suing over the dilemma, Fox News reports. Amy Herbst, a mezzo-soprano, says she was doing fine until an Army nurse screwed up her childbirth operation in 2012. The nurse at an Army hospital in Fort Campbell, Ky., apparently damaged Herbst's reproductive and digestive system when her son was born—leaving Herbst incontinent, flatulent, and unable to continue her singing career.

"She is suffering through a very embarrassing and very significant injury, and frankly, the prognosis of a fully successful repair is pretty low," her attorney tells the Army Times. According to Herbst, the nurse performed an episiotomy—meaning she cut an area between the anus and the vagina to help ease childbirth. But the incision couldn't be fully repaired, and it seems follow-up surgeries may not fix it, either. Herbst lost a job singing in Madame Butterfly thanks to the operation, the Tennessean reports. (It's not this week's only odd story about passing gas.)

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Jan 28, 2016 9:59 PM CST
I'm sorry but something here just doesn't pass the smell test.
Jul 16, 2014 12:27 PM CDT
Actually I like farting on escalators. But you have to walk up fast, fart and get off and then watch the people coming up behind you
Rod Venger
Jul 15, 2014 12:52 PM CDT
Unless there's a microphone up her wazoo, I don't think anybody would hear it. And anyone smelling it can always blame the Tuba player.