Wednesday, December 08, 2010

1994: The Modern "Back Alley"

On December 8, 1994, 23-year-old Magdalena Rodrigues went to Suresh Gandotra's clinic, El Norte Clinica Medica, for what she thought was a second-trimester abortion. Gandotra later said, "I knew I screwed up," when he pulled out bowel instead of fetal parts.

Gandotra called a hospital and asked for directions to send Magdalena there by car. The staff at the hospital insisted that Magdalena should be transported by ambulance. They began to assemble an expert team for the expected catastrophic injuries.

In the mean time, Gandotra left Magdalena unattended while he did abortions on other patients. After a half-hour delay, he finally called an ambulance, but did not inform them of the hospital that was awaiting Magdalena's arrival with a team ready to treat her. When the ambulance crew arrived, they found Magdalena in ventricular fibrillation, with no pulse, bleeding, and on the floor. The ambulance crew was not informed about the hospital that was awaiting this critically injured patient, so they took Magdalena to another hospital, one that was not prepared to treat a patient with her specific injuries.

Gandotra sent Magdalena to the hospital without a medical history or any information about her condition or what he'd done to her. The staff were totally unprepared for what they found when they examined her. Magdalena had no vitals on arrival at hospital. She was unresponsive, with fixed, dilated pupils.

When the surgeon at the hospital opened Magdalena's peritoneum, it was so distended with blood that the operating room was spattered with the escaping blood. Magdalena's uterus was ruptured, with a fetal limb protruding into her abdomen. Her cervix, uterus, bladder, and colon were lacerated. The mangled and partially dismembered fetus was of approximately 30 weeks gestation. As the autopsy describes it, "the body of the baby was not complete when autopsied. Both arms had been cut off; the heart, lungs, liver, and other organs had been cut out, the front of the chest and abdomen were missing, the right femur was fractured, the head was intact except for an area on the scalp which had been taken off from the back of the head."

Magdalena died during surgery. Her death was attributed to "complications of the acute pelvic injuries which consisted of lacerations of the lower uterus, vagina, bladder and colon." She had bled to death.

Gandotra told the medical board that he had delayed calling an ambulance because he had no admitting privileges and that the patient had asked to be released so she could walk home. This unawareness of the severity of her own injuries is a sign that a patient is going into shock and is in need of immediate care.

Gandotra's attorney said, "We don't believe this was blow the standard of care nor do we believe it was malpractice."

A nurse at the hospital that tried to save Magdalena's life said, "I've never seen anything like this before and I don't want to again."

For the benefit of my readers who don't immediately notice, Magdalena had no cause to believe her abortion would be dangerous. Folks like OC no doubt convinced her that because abortion is legal, it's being overseen by whoever oversees such things. And O "The System Works" C -- it didn't work very well for Magdalena, did it? This guy had already very nearly killed a woman. He was still chugging along, unmolested by the authorities. What are you fans of legal abortion doing to weed out guys like Gandotra, and to warn women about them in the mean time?

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