Says the abortion clinic a hospital could have done more to save her. News 13s Rachel Knapp is live at the southwestern women’s clinic with the lawsuit, Rachel.
In this 21-page lawsuit, the family believes their daughter wasn’t given the proper medical attention.
And believes the cause of death is a cover up. Whether your prolife, prochoice whoever you are on this issue, everyone should be concerned about the reckless practices that led to the death of this healthy twenty-three-year-old Albuquerque woman. Melisa Martinez, a spokesperson for Keisha Atkins family says the twenty-three-year-old died after getting a late term abortion last year.
According to the lawsuit, Atkins was six months pregnant when she went to southwestern women’s options for an abortion. But days later, she got sick and returned to the clinic. The third day into that procedure is when she began to experience complications, major complications from an infection that she contracted under the care of southwest women’s options. The clinic called an ambulance, and she was rushed to UNM hospital where she died soon after. Martinez claims Atkins death could have been avoided. The lawsuit states southwest women’s options didn’t tell Atkins about the risks that came with a late term abortion.
It also states she was told to not call 9-1-1 if she was experiencing complications and to call the clinics hotline instead. Then more heartache, Martinez says the family was shocked when the medical examiner ruled Atkins death as “natural” from pregnancy. We believe there is a cover up of the actual cause of death which is a septic abortion, we have multiple doctors at the hospital who treated Keisha state that they were floored, shocked by this cause of death that was due to something other than the abortion. Southwest women’s clinic did not return our calls for comment but UNM released a statement saying they can’t comment on pending lawsuits.
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