A young Canadian woman went to have an abortion at the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS – integrated university centre for health and social services), in the Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal in Quebec, when she was more than five months pregnant.
The abortion procedure began with an intervention to dilate her cervix. A product causing cardiac arrest of the foetus was then injected and “a final session was scheduled at the clinic for the following day” to proceed with extracting the child. During the night, however, the patient experienced pain and bleeding and then gave birth prematurely. When the emergency personnel arrived, the young English-speaking woman “was scared stiff” and asked them to “save her child“. Although “cardiac massages were attempted on the baby,” it was in vain since he died of a cardiac arrest.
The young woman was “deeply traumatized by the experience,” as were several of the hospital’s employees. An investigation is currently under way to examine the reasons why this abortion ‘failed’.