Saturday, December 03, 2022

Lime 5: Disease Contraction

 I need copies of the original sources for the non-fatal cases in this part of Lime 5.

"Pamela" underwent an abortion at Biogenetics (Acme Reproductive Services 14) in Chicago on August 7, 1976. She was admitted to a hospital on January 27 due to serum hepatitis contracted through unsanitary, improperly sterilized instruments. Biogenetics is the same facility where Synthia Dennard, "Susanna Chisholm," and Brenda Benton underwent their fatal abortions. (Cook County Circuit Course Case No. 78L 9382)

"Latonya" went to San Vicente Hospital (Hospital 7) in Los Angeles for an abortion on January 21, 1989. The next day she experienced abdominal pain, vomiting, dark urine, yellowing of her eyes, and fatigue. On January 29 she was taken to another hospital where she was diagnosed with hepatitis B, attributed to unsanitary equipment used during the abortion. This is the same hospital where Natalie Meyers, Sara Lint, Joyce Ortenzio, Mary Pena, and Laniece Dorsey underwent their fatal abortions. (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. C749 762)

I also need original documentation on the death noted in this section of Lime 5:

Fifteen-year-old Sara Neibel had completed treatment for chlamydia when she went to Midtown Hospital in Atlanta for a safe and legal abortion at 17 weeks on May 6, 1994. She was given a clean bill of health and sent home. The next day, she reported a severe headache, sore neck, neck stiffness, and trouble seeing. Her parents began the drive to take her to the hospital. On the way there, Sara began screaming and behaving strangely. When they got to the hospital, she refused to get out of the car. She was disoriented and stuporous upon admission. Sara went into respiratory arrest, and was admitted to the ICU. She was pronounced dead May 11, 1994. The cause of death was determined to be Group B Streptococci Meningitis caused by infected amniotic fluid in her bloodstream. The autopsy performed on Sara found dead tissue and a fetal bone fragment in her infected uterus. (Georgia Autopsy Report No. A1994-13; Georgia Certificate of Death # 023154)

While we're on the topic of patients contracting diseases at abortion clinics, I'd like to quote the Kermit Gosnell Grand Jury Report:

Not documented in the records turned over to the Grand Jury was a second complaint registered between 1996 and 1997. This one was hand-delivered to the secretary of health’s administrative assistant by Dr. Donald Schwarz, now Philadelphia’s health commissioner. Dr. Schwarz, a pediatrician, is the former head of adolescent services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was the directing physician of a private practice in West Philadelphia. For 17 years, he treated teenage girls from the West Philadelphia community. Occasionally, he referred patients who wanted to terminate their pregnancies to abortion providers. 

Gosnell’s clinic was originally included as a provider in the referral information that Dr. Schwarz gave to his patients. He and his physician partners noticed, however, that patients who had abortions at Woman’s Medical Society were returning to their private practice, soon after, infected with trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted parasite, that they did not have before the abortions.

When this happened repeatedly, Dr. Schwarz sent a social worker to talk to people at Gosnell’s facility. Based on the social worker’s visit to Women’s Medical Society, Dr. Schwarz stopped referring patients to the clinic. He also hand-delivered a formal letter of complaint to the office of the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. 

Dr. Schwarz told the Grand Jury that he does not know what happened to his complaint. He never heard back from DOH. And the department did not include it in response to the Grand Jury’s subpoena requesting all complaints relating to Gosnell's’ clinic. We know that no inspection resulted. 

We are very troubled that state health officials ignored this respected physician’s report that girls were becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases at Gosnell’s clinic when they had abortions there. If Dr. Schwarz’s complaint did not trigger an inspection, we are convinced that none would. 

We also do not understand how a report of this magnitude was not at least added to Gosnell’s file at the state department of health. It suggests to us that there may have been many more complaints that were never turned over to the Grand Jury. We heard testimony from DOH officials who should have been aware of Dr. Schwarz’s complaint – Kenneth Brody and Janice Staloski, at the least. Yet they made no mention of it to the Grand Jury. Did they remember the complaint and choose to exclude it from their testimony? Is ignoring complaints of this seriousness so routine at DOH that they honestly do not remember it? Or did the secretary of health never even forward it on for action? Of these possible explanations, we are not sure which is the most troubling. 

Watch Lime 5: Infection on YouTube. 

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