Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1985: Abortion embolism leaves mom dead

Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds was a jack of all trades, doing a variety of elective surgeries, including safe and legal abortions, in his filthy Oklahoma clinic. Reynolds' anesthetist, age 60, had originally been hired as a janitor, and an untrained orderly was acting as his nurse. The operating room was littered with dirty cups and papers.

It was into this operating room that 21-year-old Gaylene Golden stepped on September 30, 1985. During the abortion, Reynolds lacerated Gaylene's cervix. This allowed both air and amniotic fluid to get into her bloodstream, causing a fatal embolism. Gaylene left a little boy without a mother.

Gaylene's tragic death is usually overlooked, however, when people remember Dr. Reynolds. For what is Joe Bills Reynolds most known?
A baby was born with her right arm missing after Reynolds had tried to abort her at 32 weeks.
He beat his wife to death on Valentine's Day.
He let his wife bleed to death during a liposuction he was performing on her.
The Humane Society had to confiscate 4 of his 11 horses because they were half-starved and living in filth.

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Anonymous said...

lost for words.

Fined 1 dollar?

Christina Dunigan said...

The defense claimed that she was suicidal and planned to die on the table. I guess the jury didn't buy it but the judge did.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks GG.