A California couple is suing an Oceanside hospital, claiming doctors performed a C-section on the woman with no anesthesia, leaving her conscious and alert for the painful procedure.

Delfina Mota, 26, was 41 weeks pregnant when doctors at Tri-City Medical Center rushed her into the operating room for an emergency C-section, the mom of two tells PEOPLE. She claims in her legal complaint that, with no anesthesiologist around, panicked doctors delivered the baby without the drugs on Nov. 16, 2017.

“I was crying because I was scared, I didn’t know what was going on. I was laying there and [obstetrician Dr. Sandra Lopez] was like, ‘We have to just do it,’ ” Mota says. “That’s when I felt them cut me open. Nurses were holding me down … I could feel her cutting me and, with her hands, opening me. That’s when I passed out.”

Outside the delivery room, Mota’s boyfriend, Paul Iheanachor, sat worried as they rushed Mota in to give birth. He says he became panicked when, as alleged in the legal complaint, he heard hospital officials call the anesthesiologist, Dr. David Seif, on the loudspeaker several times.

The couple is now suing the hospital, Lopez and Seif for medical malpractice, assault, and battery — seeking more than $5 million in damages, according to the suit obtained by PEOPLE. The pair says they hope the suit prompts the hospital to put stricter policies in place so similar incidents don’t occur in the future.

[more at people.com]