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Posted on 4th May 2018

Woman Dies After Abortion Clinic Failings

A 32-year-old mother died after bleeding to death after having an abortion at Marie Stopes Clinic in West London. The woman had the procedure in London after travelling from Ireland to have the termination. She had to wait a month for a visa to visit after she could not have the abortion in Ireland.

During the procedure, the woman suffered a tear in the uterus as the foetus was removed. While a nurse observed that her blood pressure and pulse were normal, medics failed to act on signs that the patient was unwell. Despite the woman having dizzy spells, falling to the floor and vomiting, the doctors sent the woman home. She died a few hours later.

During the court proceedings, it was clear that there had been repeated failings in her case. The patient’s procedure and case were made complicated due to non-cancerous growths in the womb called fibroids. While medics knew and recognised the complication, they did not appreciate the symptoms that were potentially sinister.

It was believed that failings in recording observations were to blame for the tragic and avoidable death. These were attributed to many different clinicians who had a duty of care to the patient. Since the incident, the clinic has taken steps to improve their process and to ensure all clients are fit to be discharged from the clinic.

What Negligence Claimline say

It can be devastating for all involved when a medical procedure goes wrong. It can be especially difficult to accept when there were failings in care by medical professionals that you trust. While a life-changing mistake can be difficult to accept, it is understandable to want answers and to receive the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track.

If you have suffered as a result of a medical mistake or failing in care, then Negligence Claimline can help you to find the answers you need and the compensation you deserve. Get in touch to receive the support and advice you need for your case from our friendly team of expert solicitors.