Woman’s Death Linked to Potential Malpractice, Says Medical Examiner

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Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys report the death of a 29-year-old after a late-term abortion procedure went wrong early last month. According to reports, Jennifer McKenna Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant when she and her family went to Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland after learning her baby girl suffered from fetal anomalies just two weeks earlier. Late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart began the abortion process on Sunday, February 3, according to witnesses who were at the clinic on the day Jennifer arrived.

Over the next few days, witnesses (abortion protesters outside the clinic) report seeing Jennifer every day until Thursday. Family members indicate that they tried to reach Carhart’s clinic several times but that their phone calls were not returned. Jennifer was taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland at about 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and was pronounced dead later that morning.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Late-Term Abortion Clinic Under Investigation for Illegal Business Practices

Baltimore’s chief medical examiner’s office says that Jennifer died as a result of amniotic fluid that seeped into her bloodstream. Her death certificate lists “amniotic fluid embolism following termination of pregnancy” and “disseminated intravascular coagulation,” a condition that causes small blood clots to form in blood vessels, as the causes of death. Various organizations and pro-life groups have charged that medical malpractice and Dr. Carhart’s negligence are to blame for the woman’s death.

Authorities have not made a decision as to whether or not they will file criminal charges against the doctor. Investigators are still waiting for the full autopsy report, which is usually completed 60-90 days after a death. Carhart and his late-term abortion clinic are currently being investigated by Maryland’s Attorney General Office for illegal dumping of biohazardous waste and private patient information practices.

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