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Hispanic Woman Dies After Abortion, Clinic Staff Had No CPR Training

by Cheryl Sullenger | Baltimore, MD | LifeNews.com | 5/29/13 3:09 PM

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Operation Rescue has learned more about the death of an abortion patient at a shoddy Baltimore abortion clinic located in a residential condo complex. The operating license of that facility, Associates in OB/GYN Care, is currently suspended after state inspectors determined that it posed a danger to the public.

Computer aided dispatch transcripts show that a 911 call was placed from 3596 N. Calvert, Suite 110, in Baltimore on February 13, 2013, at 12:49 pm for a patient who was unconscious and not breathing. The CAD transcript indicated that the patient was possibly dead. Paramedics arrived at the scene and were able to revive the patient. She was transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead two days later.

Police also responded to the 911 call and interviewed abortionist Iris E. Dominy, who admitted to police that she had performed an abortion on 38-year old Maria Santiago. Dominy said that after the abortion, Santiago passed out and went into cardiac arrest.

An inspection conducted by the Maryland Department of Health on February 20, 2013, indicated that Santiago was 12.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion. Dominy told the inspector that Santiago slept throughout her abortion.

According to the deficiency report issued after the inspection, Dominy completed the abortion on the sleeping woman then left the room. An unqualified worker was left alone with the patient. That worker occupied herself with filling out paperwork while the patient remained on the abortion table. Sometime later, she called for a second worker to help her dress the patient and move the unconscious woman to the recovery area.

The second worker noticed that Santiago was pale and not breathing. Dominy was notified and returned to the procedure room where she sat the unconscious Santiago up and began a “sternum rub.” No one at the clinic, including Dominy, had current CPR certification. A crash cart in the hallway was not used and the defibrillator was broken.

The inspector noted that Santiago’s death certificate showed she died from Severe Pulminary Edema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Hypoxia Brain Injury. No one knows how long Santiago went without breathing. It was found that staff failed to provide proper post-anesthesia care and observation.

“Iris Dominy isn’t fit to practice medicine and we call on the Maryland Baord of Physicians to immediately suspend her medical license until full revocation proceedings can be conducted,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As long as Dominy is seeing patients, their lives and heath remain in jeopardy.”

View the Health Department Deficiency Report

LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a Kansas-based pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices. The group is known for serving as a watchdog of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.