Wednesday, September 10, 2008

1975: A lingering death after a safe, legal abortion

Thirty-one-year-old Mitsue Mohar died at LA County/USC Medical Center on September 10, 1975. The events that led her to an eary grave began when she went to Pacolma Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles County for a safe and legal abortion on August 5.

Dr. Baca performed the D&C abortion under general anesthesia. After the abortion, Mitsue went into convulsions. She remained 16 days at Pacolma Lutheran without regaining consciousness.

On August 21, she was transferred to LA County/USC Medical Center, where she died on September 10 without ever regaining consciousness.

The autopsy found that she had suffered hypoxic encephalopathy (brain damage due to lack of oxygen) due to cardiac arrest during the abortion, and had developed pneumonia which eventually killed her.

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