Egyptian Woman Dies After Abortion to Save Her Life From Cervical Pregnancy
by Steven Ertelt
January 4, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — An Egyptian woman has died from a legal abortion that, ironically, was designed to save her life. The woman had the abortion on Saturday because of life-threatening complications due to an abnormal pregnancy which saw the unborn child attached to her cervix.
The woman’s husband Abdul Aal, said his wife was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday night because of vaginal bleeding.
Doctors eventually determined that the unborn child, who was 18 weeks into gestation, had attached to his wife’s cervix and posed a risk of immediate death. However, after they performed the abortion, physicians realized they were unable to stop the bleeding.
According to Arab News, the failed abortion resulted in the hospital having to subject the woman to two more surgical procedures, including a hysterectomy.
Doctors then assured Aal that his wife’s bleeding had stopped but, when he went to her hospital room to visit her, he found her dead in her hospital bed.
"She was soaked in blood," he told Arab News. "She was very cold. She was lying there dead for a long time and the doctors concealed this from me."
The Department of Health Affairs announced yesterday that it is investigating the abortion after Aal filed a complaint against the unnamed hospital.
The news source provides some insight on the future of the investigation and indicates an investigation last month concerning the operation department of a private Jeddah hospital was closed after a mistake killed a patient.
The Health Affairs Department in Makkah province ordered the department closed after Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah issued an order to do so.
The decision came after the department investigated the death.
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