Maria Leho

Maria Lehochicago, illinois, anesthesia, nationalabortionfederation, delayintreatment, delayintransportSUMMARY: Maria Leho, age 26, died June 11, 1999 after an abortion performed by John Weitzer at Albany Medical Surgical Center, a Family Planning Associates Medical Group clinic in Chicago, IL.

Maria Lynn Leho, age 26 was in the first trimester of pregnancy when she entrusted herself to the staff at Albany Medical Surgical Center of Chicago — a member of the Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA) chain of abortion facilities. As part of FPA, Albany was also a member of the prestigious National Abortion Federation (NAF). NAF purports to ensure that all of its member facilities adhere strictly to the highest standards of care.

JohnWeitzner.jpgJohn Weitzner
On June 9, 1999, Dr. John Weitzner performed a suction abortion on Maria, while Lawrence Hill, CRNA, administered Brevitol for anesthesia. This drug is inappropriate for a patient who had seizure disorder, as Maria had indicated on her medical history. Maria was under anesthesia for a total of four minutes, from 12:40 to 12:44 p.m. Hill then transferred Maria to the recovery room without first verifying that her condition was stable. When she was transferred, the pulse oximeter, which monitors pulse and blood oxygen levels, was removed.

Once in the recovery room, the still-sedated and unconscious Maria was attended Tanya Hall, RN, while Hill went to administer anesthesia to another patient. Hall put a blood pressure cuff on Maria’s arm, and another pulse oximeter on her finger, but this one hadn’t been tested. She then left the recovery room. Maria was now in the care of Yvette Johnson, RN. A nurse reviewing Maria’s records noted that the nurses did not perform a proper assessment of Maria when she was turned over to their care. They did not take a pulse or check to see if she was even breathing.

Shortly thereafter, Johnson noticed that Maria wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. She, Hill, and Hall attempted to resuscitate her with CPR, and ambu-bag, and a defibrillator. Nobody summoned Weitzner, who was performing an abortion on another patient. He came into the recovery room at about 12:50. Staff continued to try to revive Maria for another ten minutes before they finally got around to calling 911, rather than summoning EMS as soon as they realized that their patient was in a life-threatening emergency.

Maria was taken to Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s hospital, where she died on June 11. She left behind two sons, a 7-year-old and a toddler.

Albany had already had one patient, Deanna Bell, die from anesthesia complications. Then-owner Edward Campbell Allred admitted that he failed to perform any preventability study to keep any other patients from suffering Deanna’s fate.

Other women known to have died after abortion at Allred’s facilities include:




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  11. 19th century
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  13. 20s
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  16. NAF
  17. abortifacient
  18. abortion
  19. abortion mill
  20. abortion mortality
  21. abortionists
  22. abortionists — female
  23. abortionists — male
  24. alabama
  25. anesthesia
  26. arizona
  27. black women
  28. botched abortion
  29. california
  30. chicago
  31. colorado
  32. connecticut
  33. cover-up
  34. death
  35. deaths
  36. deception
  37. delay in transport
  38. delay in treatment
  39. district of columbia
  40. dumped body
  41. ectopic
  42. embolism
  43. falsifying forms
  44. fetal indications
  45. florida
  46. former criminal abortionist
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  54. illegal – paramedical
  55. illegal – post roe
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  57. illegal – untrained
  58. illegal abortion
  59. illinois
  60. inadequate documents
  61. inadequate equipment
  62. inadequate resuscitation
  63. incomplete abortion
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