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She developed septicemia and subsequently died of an e.coli infection.

IANAD, but:

  1. It seems (by this account) she picked up an e.coli infection because of inadequate asepsis.

  2. Septicemia would then have set in in a second phase.

This suggests inadequate monitoring from the start. Any sign of infection should have been observed and treated appropriately, independently of the abortion question.

It sounds to me as if it was a case of "women have to suffer", and she was left to get on with it. A prompt abortion might indeed have saved her, but in a hospital with backward notions of women and suffering, inadequate asepsis and monitoring, it might not.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 09:00:06 AM EST
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