Carmen Roeru486, infection, 20002009SUMMARY: “Carmen” Roe died of massive infection from an RU-486 abortion in 2008.
Some time in 2008, 29-year-old “Carmen” Roe began a regimen for an RU-486 abortion. She was a Hispanic woman with diabetes.
She was given 200 mg of mifepristone orally and 800 units of misoprostol vaginally at 5 weeks of gestation. Despite the documented infection risk, she was not provided with antibiotics.
Four days after starting the abortion, Carmen experienced severe cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. The next day she was admitted to a hospital; her heart was racing and she had abnormal blood test results indicating infection.
Exploratory surgery was performed, showing a massive amount of greenish-brown fluid in her abdomen. Parts of her uterus and surrounding tissue were dead and rotting, so a complete hysterectomy was performed.
However, in spite of the surgery her blood pressure dropped. She died on the sixth day after the start of the abortion, of massive infection and respiratory distress syndrome.
Meites et al., “Fatal Clostridium sordellii Infections after Medical Abortions,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 30, 2010