Ruby C.

SUMMARY: Ruby, age 24, died on March 2, 1908 from complications of an abortion perpetrated by a Chicago midwife.

RubyC.jpg“Ruby,” identified as “Mrs. C.” in the source document, was 24 years old when she had an abortion performed by a Chicago midwife on February 15, 1908.

She began bleeding severely after the abortion. Four days later, Ruby was suffering from fever, chills, and abdominal pain. On the sixth day, a physician came to her home and performed a curettage, but her condition only continued to deteriorate.

Ruby was admitted to Cook County Hospital on February 28. Her pulse was 136, her respirations 26, her fever 103.6. Her abdomen was distended and tender. She was vomiting, extremely weak, incontinent, and unable to sleep. She was evidently suffering from general peritonitis.

“Death occurred on March 2, after several hours of wild delirium.”

I have been unable to determine an identity for Ruby.

Source: “A Study Of and Deductions From Fifty Fatal Cases of Puerperal Fever,” Dr. Herbert Marion Stowe, Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, 1912, Part 1 and Part 2