SUMMARY: “Belle,” age 21, died in 2009 from retained tissues and sepsis during a medical abortion performed somewhere in the United States.
“Belle,” a 21-year-old white woman, had been in good health when she went to an abortion facility in 2009. She was 7 weeks pregnant and had chosen a chemical abortion
She was given 200 mg of oral mifepristone and 800 μg of vaginal misoprostol. In spite of the known risk of fatal infection, she was not given antibiotics.
Six days after beginning the abortion, Belle suffered extreme cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. The next day she was brought to the hospital with a rapid pulse, low blood pressure, fluid on the lungs, and signs of massive infection.
A dilation and evacuation procedure was performed to remove infected tissue from her uterus, and excessive fluids were repeatedly drained. Nevertheless, 12 days after the abortion was initiated, Belle died of severe infection, kidney failure, and a disseminated intravascular coagulopahty (a serious clotting disorder).
Meites et al., “Fatal Clostridium sordellii Infections after Medical Abortions,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 30, 2010