Chinese news outlets reported a heart-wrenching case of medical negligence this week involving an unborn baby who died after a nurse mistakenly gave its mother abortion drugs.
The woman, Jiao Li, a pseudonym, said she was less than four months pregnant when the Shanghai hospital gave her the abortion drug mifepristone, according to That’s Magazine. Her unborn child died several weeks later.
Earlier this week, hospital officials at the Shanghai Pudong Maternal and Child Health Hospital admitted to “medical negligence” in Jiao Li’s case, and said they suspended staff involved in the incident, the report states. However, they also said the dosage she took was much smaller than what normally is prescribed for an abortion, and it may not have caused the unborn baby’s death.
Jiao Li said she was admitted to the hospital because she had been experiencing complications with her pelvic fluid, Sina news reports.
Here’s more from the report:
At one point during her stay, nurse staff came in and administered a drug, not checking the full name on the package. She began experiencing adverse effects shortly thereafter. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that she had been administered Mifepristone. The drug is intended to terminate early pregnancies.
After realizing the mistake, staff suggested transferring Jiao to another hospital to perform gastric lavage.
But the doctors at the nearby Chuansha Pudong New Area People’s Hospital said it was unsafe to carry out the procedure because she was 17 weeks pregnant, so they recommended she drink water to induce vomitting. Jiao drank over six millileters of water following their recommendation.
That evening, Jiao experienced pain, nausea and vaginal bleeding. But the hospital did not perform any checks to see if damage had been made to the fetus. She was eventually discharged on July 21.
She said she miscarried her unborn baby a few weeks later on Aug. 29.
The abortion drug mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is used world-wide to abort unborn babies during the first trimester. The drug, usually coupled with a second drug to induce labor, works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which cuts off blood and nourishment to the unborn baby.
The dangerous RU-486 abortion drug has nearly claimed the lives of 2 million unborn children in the United States since its approval at the end of the Clinton administration. In addition to the number of unborn children whose lives have been lost to the abortion drug, women have suffered as well, as a Planned Parenthood study admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily.
A group of U.S. doctors recently developed an experimental treatment that can reverse the effects of RU-486 and possibly save the unborn baby’s life after the mother has taken the drug. The treatment involves high doses of the hormone progesterone to counteract the abortion pill.
Though the technology is new, early results show it appears to be safe and effective for mother and child. The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which supports the new procedure, reported in a practice bulletin that the abortion pill reversal treatment has not led to birth defects.
Dr. Matthew Harrison performed the first-ever reversal in 2007. At a press conference in 2015 sponsored by Priests for Life and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Dr. Harrison said the baby who was saved is now a healthy and happy 8-year-old girl. In 2015, Harrison and the team of OB-GYNs who are pioneering the technology reported more than 213 babies have been saved.
The abortion pill reversal program has a network of almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women that call their 24/7 hotline, according to AbortionPillReversal.com.