South Korea doctor performs abortion on the wrong woman after not checking her identity while police investigated the blunder
- The woman, six weeks pregnant, was in the clinic for nutritional supplements
- A nurse and a doctor would have confused patients' medical records
- The woman received anesthesia before a surgical abortion
A doctor in South Korea carried out an abortion on the wrong woman after confusing her with someone else, the police said.
The unnamed woman was six weeks pregnant when she went to the clinic to be received for being believed to be dietary supplements.
But neither the doctor nor the nurse could check who she was and gave her anesthesia before the abortion.
The police have confirmed that they started an investigation into the blunder on 7 August.
A doctor in Gangseo, South Korea, did an abortion on the wrong woman after not confusing her identity. The police said they have started an investigation
The clinic is located in the Gangseo district, in the capital Seoul.
According to Yonhap News Agency, The Vietnamese woman had been told that she was pregnant on the day of the incident.
She was prescribed a food injection that she was told in the delivery room of the clinic.
But in a mix of patient records, the nurse injected the woman with anesthesia without confirming her identity.
HOW IS AN ABORTION PERFORMED?
There are two main types of abortion.
A medical abortion is known as the & # 39; abortion pill & # 39; that can be taken at any stage of pregnancy. The pill contains hormones that cause the uterine wall to break down, causing the baby to be lost.
A surgical abortion involves a small procedure to remove the pregnancy under a form of anesthesia.
This can be vacuum or suction aspiration, up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is when a tube is inserted into the vagina to suck out the pregnancy.
Dilatation and evacuation is used from approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy. It involves introducing special instruments called pliers through the cervix and into the uterus to remove the pregnancy.
The doctor then performed the abortion while the patient was unaware. It is not clear what the abortion method was, but it is thought that it was surgical because the woman had anesthesia.
The following day, the woman reportedly returned to the hospital after a bloody discharge, after which it was revealed that her unborn child had broken off.
The Gangseo police station said Monday that the doctor and a nurse are being investigated on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in injury.
They said: & # 39; The doctor and the nurse acknowledged their mistake. & # 39;
Abortion is illegal in South Korea under current legislation that must be changed by December 31, 2020.
Women with abortion can be fined and imprisoned and doctors carrying out the procedure can also face prison – with exceptions for pregnancies due to rape or incest, or if pregnancy threatens the mother's life.
According to the Ministry of Health, an estimated 50,000 abortions were performed in South Korea last year, but it is probably much higher, as much as a million.
Despite current law, abortions are widely accessible in South Korea and can be performed safely.
It turned out that an investigation was being conducted at a hospital in Ireland following an abortion mix in March this year.
A perfectly healthy child was aborted at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin due to an incorrectly diagnosed & # 39; fatal fetal defect & # 39 ;.
Reports said that during a scan, parents were told for more than 15 weeks that their baby had Edwards syndrome, a serious genetic condition that makes it unlikely that the child will survive the first few months of his life.
The family's lawyer, said Caoimhe Haughey RTE: & # 39; (The parents) did not go to this clinic or to this hospital for termination.
& # 39; They never mentioned the word termination. & # 39;
Allegedly the parents were pressured to undergo the abortion and later they were & # 39; completely mentally and physically destroyed & # 39; to find out from tests that their baby was in fact healthy.
It is understood that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ROCG) has been approached regarding the possibility of conducting a review.
In Ireland, abortion is permitted during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and only later if the health of the woman is at risk, or in the case of a fatal fetal defect.
Abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are performed towards the end of the 24th week of pregnancy, unless there are special circumstances.
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