Saturday, June 11, 2005

Safe-n-Legal -- One day, one clinic, two fatal injuries

On this date, June 12, in 1979, 19-year-old Angela Scott died after lingering for a week in a coma. She sustained her fatal injuries at Atlanta Women's Pavillion, a National Abortion Federation member facility, on June 2. Angela was the first of two teen patients to suffer fatal injuries at Atlanta Women's Pavillion in less than an hour.

It all began when Angela stopped breathing in the recovery room. A nurse-anesthetist was administering anesthesia to 14-year-old Delores Smith while Dr. Jacob Adams was performing her abortion. The nurse-anesthetist ran to assist in efforts to revive Angela, leaving Delores unattended with her anesthesia drip still running.

After staff had resuscitated Angela and loaded her into an ambulance, they returned their attention to Delores, who had gone into cardio-respiratory arrest. Adams had accompanied Angela to the Grady Memorial Hospital, and staff refused to release Dolores to an ambulance until the physician had returned to discharge her. This resulted in a 30-minute delay, during which the ambulance crew was unable to attend to Delores or begin transporting her.

Angela lingered for a week in a coma before dying on June 11. Delores never regained consciousness and eventually was admitted to a nursing home, where she died of adult respiratory distress syndrome on October 24, 1979, some time after her fifteenth birthday.

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