Woman Dies After Botched Abortion Caused Massive Internal Bleeding

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 3, 2015   |   4:27PM   |   Kampala, Uganda

A gruesome botched abortion case is surfacing in Uganda after a college student’s body was discovered in a swamp near her school earlier this week.

Ugandan authorities report that 19-year-old Irene Kyakunda suffered massive internal bleeding from a botched abortion and died several hours later.

Earlier reports claimed that the young woman may have been gang raped and murdered, but authorities now believe the botched abortion caused her death, according to the news outlet New Vision Uganda.

The young woman was a first-year student at the Kampala International University in Uganda, where she studied public administration, the report states.

Kakunda was last seen around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the college as she began walking to her rented residence, according to the report. The next morning, when a friend called her “for the morning jogging routine, her phone was switched off,” Kakunda’s friend Mutesi told the news outlet.

Later, Kakunda’s body was found in the swamp. She had been tied with ropes and her dress was torn to shreds; she also had blood on her legs, the report states.

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Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman Patrick Onyango said they are searching for the abortion doctor and clinic that performed the young student’s abortion.

Authorities have been investigating numerous abortion cases in Uganda recently. According to the report, Ugandan police investigated 2,578 cases of abortion in 2014.