One of Many Hachamovitch's Dead, New York, 1990
Nineteen-year-old Christina Goesswein ("Patient A" in medical board
documents) was almost 23 weeks pregnant when she went to the office of Dr. Hachamovitch on October 17, 1990. The first part of the three-day abortion procedure was started that day. She
was sent home and told to return the following day to have her cervix
dilated even further for the abortion, which would take place on the
She came back on the 18th and had more laminaria
inserted then returned home. That evening, her boyfriend called the
doctor's office because Christina was having cramping. He was told to
give her pain medicine. Christina's boyfriend called
again several hours later because he felt that she was running a fever,
but Christina told Dr. Hachamovitch's employee who was taking call that
evening that she was okay.
in the morning of the 19th, the boyfriend called the employee again
because Christina was experiencing heavy bleeding, cramping and
vomiting. Christina stated that she felt that she was in labor. The
employee instructed Christina to go to Hachamovitch's office where she
and the doctor would meet her.
They all met at the
office some time between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. After arriving at there,
Christina lost control of her bowels. Hachamovitch then delivered her
24-week fetus in one piece.
Because Christina was not
recovering as she should have, Dr. Hachamovitch decided to admit her to
an area hospital, but before this could be done, Christina quit
breathing and her heart stopped. Somebody called 911 at about 4:20
a.m., and Dr. Hachamovitch began CPR. Christina was taken to a Bronx
hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. on October 19, due
to an amniotic fluid embolism.
license was suspended over his false documentation regarding
administration of oxygen, and the Christina's blood loss. The medical board also found a plethora of faults in Hachamovitch's treatment of his patient.
wasn't the only patient to lose her life due to Hachamovitch's
unwillingness or inability to manage his practice. Two other patients, Tanya Williamson in 1996 and Luz Rodriguez
in 1986, had died of malpractice under his care. Three patients died
after abortions in clinics he owned and managed elsewhere -- Lisa Bardsley and Lou Ann Herron in Arizona and Jammie Garcia in Texas.
A Naturopath in Texas, 1954
Sylvia Redman, who had a license to practice naturopathy in Texas, signed a written confession on October 20, 1954 regarding the death of Betty Ledel the previous day. Redman' confession said that Betty came to her on October 8, saying
that she thought she was pregnant. Betty asked her "if I could help her get rid of the baby. I
told her the danger of everything and she said she was not afraid. I
told her I would rather her to go somewhere else and have the baby
stopped in twenty four hours, because my work is slow. I do it by
shooting a little air up into the womb. (uterus) By going through the
cervix into the uterus, where the embryo is carried. She told me she
wanted me to do it." Redman complied, repeating the process daily.
October 19, Betty again went to Redman, who took her upstairs, "laid
her on a table used for females," and inserted a canula into Betty's
uterus. She pushed five syringes full of air into Betty's uterus and
asked Betty if she could feel it. Betty said that she could, a little.
"And she looked up at me and said I feel choky, and then she passed
out." Ladel also noticed that Betty was bleeding vaginally.
said, "I used artificial respiration. I picked her up in my arms and
laid her on the floor. And I slung water at her to try to revive her,
and then I had a lady downstairs to call an ambulance. The ambulance
came and got her and took her to Harris Hospital.
Redman threw away the instruments but police quickly found them and got a confession. An
autopsy verified that Betty had indeed been pregnant, and blamed her
death on the introduction of air into her uterus to produce abortion.
The six or seven week old embryo was intact and undamaged. Betty's blood
vessels had air in them, and she had died from an air embolism.
Redman was convicted of murder by attempted abortion, and was sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary for four years.
Two Chicago Deaths in the Early 20th Century
Russian immigrant Anna Kelson, age 20, died at her Chicago home on North Talman Avenue on October 19, 1918. Dr. Virginia Johnson, who had been called in to care for Anna,
supposedly for influenzal pneumonia. She found a nurse attending to Anna
but did not get the nurse's name. Dr. Johnson determined that Anna had died from an abortion and reported the death to the police.
Pelagia Usoraki, age 32, died on October 19, 1910 in a Chicago residence after an abortion perpetrated in Chicago by Rosalie Tomajoski on October 13. Tamojosky,
who was indicted by a grand jury for murder in Pelagia's death, is
identified in the Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database as an