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Cook County lawsuit says hospital failed to stop woman’s bleeding

Last month, a woman’s 24-year-old daughter died after a surgical procedure at an Illinois hospital. This week, the woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and Planned Parenthood in Cook County for their roles in her daughter’s death.

On July 20, the woman’s daughter went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago to have an abortion. Although women who have abortions performed by licensed professionals in the U.S. have a low risk of suffering serious or fatal complications, the young woman began to experience severe bleeding from the procedure. She was transferred to a local hospital to receive treatment for her hemorrhaging. Within hours of being admitted to the hospital and undergoing additional surgical procedures, the woman died.

According to the lawsuit that was filed this week, Planned Parenthood and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are both responsible for the woman’s death. The mother believes that professionals at Planned Parenthood were “careless” while performing the abortion. Their careless actions caused her daughter to suffer complications that led to severe hemorrhaging, the lawsuit states.

After her daughter was transferred to Northwestern, doctors performed two operations including a hysterectomy. The lawsuit states that during one of the operations, doctors tore an artery. The woman suffered more bleeding and died. The mother believes that her daughter would have survived the complications from the abortion had she been properly monitored and treated in time before she lost too much blood.

The patient is survived by her mother and her one-year-old son. The lawsuit is requesting damages from the defendants to compensate the young child for the loss of his mother.

Source: 89 WLS, “Mother of woman who died after abortion suing Planned Parenthood, hospital,” Aug. 27, 2012


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