BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana woman will now not be able to bear any more children as she began bleeding heavily during an abortion and had to have a hysterectomy due to a condition called placenta accreta. The abortion facility was fined for not having IV fluids and drugs available to treat the woman until emergency medical services arrived.
According to reports, the incident happened on March 15 at Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge on a woman who was 15 weeks pregnant (nearly 4 months and in her second trimester).
The unidentified 28-year-old mother began bleeding profusely during a dilation and evacuation (dismemberment) abortion after the placenta was removed. Her blood pressure consequently dropped and her speech became incoherent.
The woman, who has also had five Cesarean sections, had experienced heavily bleeding before following a miscarriage, which the facility was reportedly aware of prior to the abortion. As staff could not stop the hemorrhaging, a call was made to 911 for an ambulance.
The situation resulted in the performance of a total abdominal hysterectomy — the removal of her uterus — and a bilateral salpingectomy — the removal of both fallopian tubes.
The Louisiana Department of Health (DOH) investigated the matter and found that Delta Clinic did not have any IV fluids on the crash cart in order to stabilize the woman, writing in a report that a representative stated that they “did not realize that they had ran out of IV fluids until [the woman] needed
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