Pamela Colson, age 31, was 12 weeks pregnant when friends drive her to Women's Medical Services in Pensacola, Florida, for a safe and legal abortion June 26, 1994.
Pamela bled heavily during the drive home. According to her friends,
Pamela became unresponsive, so they stopped at a motel. Two passers-by
did CPR while Pamela's friends called for an ambulance. Pamela was taken
to a hospital where she died after an emergency hysterectomy.
Her autopsy showed: bloodstained fluid in chest and peritoneal space,
and "extensive hematoma formation in the pelvic area with the peritoneum
denuded from the left gutter area caudually." The surgeon who performed
an emergency hysterectomy, trying to save Pamela's life, had removed
her uterus at the site of the laceration "so that the laceration was a
portion of the incision made to remove the uterus." Her uterus showed
extensive hemorrhage and blood clots. Her uterine artery was also
injured. Several of Pamela's ribs were fractured, apparently during
attempts to resuscitate her; this is common in even properly performed
The cause of death was given as "irreversible shock from blood loss
due to a perforated uterus occurring at the time of an elective
William Keene was tentatively identified as having performed
Pamela's fatal abortion was performed at the clinic where abortionist David Gunn was shot dead. I find it interesting that the abortion rights movement, supposedly driven by concern for women's lives, focuses only on the death of David Gunn but ignores the inexcusable quackery that cost Pamela her life.