A pregnant woman who had only a few weeks to live has died from complications from her pregnancy, sparking a nationwide debate about the risks of a woman having an illegal abortion.
Key points:The woman, named as Maria Elena, died on Saturday at the Royal Perth Hospital after complications from the procedureShe was born on October 15, 2015 and her parents said she had no indication her pregnancy was dueThe Royal Perth and the Perthshire Health Services Board said it would investigateThe woman’s parents, who have not been named, told local media the 36-year-old had a baby girl named Maria Elena.
She was a single mother who lived in a remote region in Western Australia and had no history of health problems, the couple said.
Maria Elena died on Sunday at the Perth Hospital aged 40 years.
The couple, who live in a rural area in Perth, said she was born healthy and had a healthy baby girl.
“She was very healthy, she had a very happy and happy baby, she was healthy, but unfortunately, it had to be done,” they said.
“It was a very, very tough time for her.”
The couple said Maria Elena was given a very low dose of progesterone, a drug that has no known effect on a woman’s health.
“Maria Elena was pregnant with a baby and she was very, extremely worried about what would happen to her unborn child,” their statement said.
The Perthshire and Royal Perth Hospitals board said it was investigating the cause of the death.
“The cause of death has been determined to be asphyxia due to the high amount of progestin in the fetus,” the statement said, without giving further details.
“There is no indication at this time that any further complications have occurred and the hospital is currently investigating the circumstances.”‘
It was like a horror movie’The family said Maria had been planning to terminate the pregnancy, but she became concerned about the risk of complications after seeing a doctor.
“They told me it was just one shot, so I went to the hospital and they gave me this one shot that was basically a shot that you take every day,” Maria’s father said.”[But] it was like [a horror movie] and I started crying.”
He said they were concerned about Maria’s mental health and she had been taking antidepressants.
“I was concerned about her health and her mental health,” he said.’
I had no clue what was going on’Maria Elena’s mother, who was also a GP, said the couple had gone to a local GP in August and she “told them everything was alright”.
“The doctor didn’t give me any information about progesteron and I asked him what the progesterones were, and he told me that progestero was a drug,” the woman’s mother said.
“He didn’t tell me what they were, but he said that progesto is used for certain types of problems and if you take it in that amount it is OK, it is safe, he said.”
Maria’s father, who had been using progesterol before the abortion, said he and Maria had spoken to doctors in Western Australian and he had no doubts the woman was pregnant.
“We talked to a lot of doctors, there were no issues with the pregnancy,” he told the ABC.
“Then she told us that she was pregnant and she went to a doctor and she told them everything is OK and then she died.”
The hospital said Maria was discharged on Saturday but it was not clear if she was ever admitted to hospital.
Topics:abortion,women,family-and-children,family,deaths-and.accidents,pregnancy-and/or-childbirth,health,health-policy,abortion,australiaFirst posted October 20, 2016 12:39:20Contact Gina MartinMore stories from Western Australia