Saturday, February 02, 2008

February 3: two examples of botched abortions and the aftermath

An underage girl, April S., went to Margaret Sanger Center for a vaccum aspiration abortion procedure February 3, 1987 by Dr. Norman E. Matthews. There were no fetal parts found in the examination of the tissue removed during the abortion, but nobody at Margaret Sanger Center told April that. She was sent home.

Three months later, on May 7, another doctor examined April and noted that she was still pregnant, 22.5 weeks along. April "decided to keep the child due to the emotional trauma experienced by the first abortion procedure and the numerous additional risks to a late stage abortion."

Thus began a time of great anxiety for April. Ultrasounds performed between May 7 and June 29 showed decreasing amniotic fluid. It was on June 29 that April went into premature labor and underwent a c-section. Due to the low levels of amniotic fluid, the baby was born with chorioamnionitis, hypoplastic lungs, and Hyaline Membrane Disease. The baby died the following day. (Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Case No. A-8905595)


Closteen J. underwent an abortion by Carlos Baldoceda at Biogenetics on February 3, 1982. Her lawsuit faulted Baldoceda with failure to perform an adequate physical exam, and failure to inform Closteen of complication or give sufficient post-op instructions. Closteen endured pain and suffering during a prolonged convalescence, and required further medical treatment. (Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 84L 2565)

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