Sunday, May 22, 2005

2002 death confirmed as abortion death

In November, 2002, Pro-Life Infonet posted this story about a 26-year-old woman who died after undergoing "a medical procedure" at Landmark Women's Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The woman was from Fairfax, Virginia. The story included a link to this police statement, indicating that the woman was transported from the facility at 5130 Duke Street at 10:30 a.m. and tanken by ambulance to Inova Alexandria Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:11 a.m. on November 16.

Now this article verifies that the woman did indeed die after an abortion, not some other procedure. It also identifies the doctor, Kim Mi Yong, and clarifies a point that seems small but looms large in the issue of abortion safety: The facility where the woman underwent her fatal procedure was not a clinic, as it would appear to the layperson. It was legally merely Kim's office.

Kim lacked both the training and the equipment to resuscitate a patient. Virginia stopped breathing after Kim gave her 25 mg. of Versed. Nobody on Kim's staff was trained in CPR, and there was no person on the premises qualified to administer anesthesia. According to Kim, she has corrected these deficiencies. Kim was disciplined by the Virginia medical board after Virginia's death.

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