On October 24, 1979, 15-year-old Deloris Smith died in a nursing home near Atlanta. She had been transferred there from Grady Memorial Hospital, where she had been in a coma since June 2.
That was when National Abortion Federation member Atlanta Women's Pavilion had risen to new levels of incompetence when staff there managed to fatally injure two teenage abortion patients in less than an hour.
It all began when 19-year-old Angela Scott stopped breathing in the recovery room. A nurse-anesthetist was administering anesthesia to Deloris, then 14, while Dr. Jacob Adams was performing her safe, legal abortion. The nurse-anesthetist ran to assist in efforts to revive Angela, leaving Delores unattended with her anesthesia drip still running.
After staff had resuscitated Angela and loaded her into an ambulance, they returned their attention to Deloris, who had gone into cardio-respiratory arrest. Adams had accompanied Angela to Grady Memorial Hospital, and AWP staff refused to release Deloris to an ambulance until the physician had returned to discharge her. This resulted in a 30-minute delay, during which the ambulance crew was unable to attend to Deloris, much less transport her.
Angela lingered for a week in a coma before dying on June 11. Delores never regained consciousness and eventually was admitted to a nursing home, where she died of adult respiratory distress syndrome on October 24. Her mother filed suit against Atlanta Women's Pavilion, noting among other things that the pregnancy test they'd performed for Deloris prior to the abortion had come up negative.
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