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UK doctor and two nurses charged with manslaughter of woman who travelled from Ireland for abortion

The 32-year-old woman was 22 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering post-surgery complications.

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A DOCTOR AND TWO NURSES have appeared in court in London today charged with manslaughter after a woman died just hours after having an abortion.

The BBC reports that the 32-year-old woman from Ireland was 22 weeks pregnant died after suffering post-surgery complications following a procedure at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing in January 2012.

Colin Gibbs from the Crown Prosecution Service told the court that the woman suffered internal tears from the procedure and major blood loss and that she had then collapsed on the floor hyperventilating.

She was then discharged several hours later at 8.30 pm and put in a taxi, where she fell unconscious.

She was then brought to A&E, but was pronounced dead by 10pm.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) charged the accused with the following:

  • Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 62 has been charged with manslaughter, namely by gross negligence and failing to take reasonable care of other persons who may be affected by acts or omissions at work, contrary to Section 7 and 33 Health and Safety Act 1974
  • Gemma Pullen, 31 has been charged with manslaughter, namely by gross negligence and failing to take reasonable care of other persons who may be affected by acts or omissions at work, contrary to Section 7 and 33 Health and Safety Act 1974
  • Margaret Miller, 54 has been charged with manslaughter, namely by gross negligence and failing to take reasonable care of other persons who may be affected by acts or omissions at work, contrary to Section 7 and 33 Health and Safety Act 1974

The three were today released on bail but are to appear at the Old Bailey on 3 July.

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