On December 10, 1998, Nakia "Kia" Jorden, who would have graduated from Hyde Park High School in 2000, died of anesthesia complications during an abortion at the Albany Medical Surgical Center at 5086 North Elston Avenue in Chicago.
She left as her survivors her parents and
sisters. They filed suit against Albany, Family Planning Associates Medical Group, abortionist Steve Lichtenberg,
and nurse anesthetist Lawrence Hill. FPA is a member of the prestigious National
According to an expert in anesthesia who reviewed Nakia's records, Nakia
was obese, had a history of bronchitis, had some upper airway
congestion, and had a pulse ox reading of only 94% when she was sedated
for her abortion. The records from Albany indicate that "deep sedation
if not general anesthesia was used," but Nakia was not given oxygen, and
was not monitored by EKG as appropriate when administering this degree
of anesthesia to an obese patient. There was no note of any proper
method of monitoring Nakia while she was under sedation. Although she
was entubated for anesthesia, there was no documentation that anybody
verified proper placement of the endotracheal tube. Hill documented
using only Brevital, but Lichtenberg noted administration of both
Brevital and Stadol.
The greatest fault that the anesthesia expert found was that Hill, upon
noting a pulse ox reading of only 74% -- clearly showing that Nakia was
not getting nearly enough oxygen -- he did nothing to ensure that she
was in fact getting enough oxygen into her lungs. Instead, he
administered atropine to increase her heart rate, "which likely delayed
the critical intervention of ventilating the patient with oxygen."
Other abortion patients who have lost their lives after entrusting them to FPA include Denise Holmes, Patricia Chacon, Mary Pena, Josefina Garcia, Lanice Dorsey, Joyce Ortenzio, Tami Suematsu, Susan Levy, Deanna Bell, Christina Mora, Ta Tanisha Wesson, Maria Leho, Kimberly Neil, Maria Rodriguez, and Chanelle Bryant.