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Woman bled to death after Ealing Marie Stopes sent her home "vomiting and swaying"

20 April 2018


Aisha Chithira died after a botched abortion at the Marie Stopes centre in Ealing.  

"How ironic that Aisha died at the hands of the first abortion centre where pro-lifers are no longer allowed to offer life-saving help."

A woman who died following a late-stage abortion procedure was discharged from the clinic despite vomiting and swaying so much she looked "drunk", an inquest has heard.

Aisha Chithira, who had travelled from Ireland at 22 weeks pregnant for an abortion at the Marie Stopes Clinic in Ealing, died after "extensive internal bleeding" and cardiac arrest in a taxi on 21 January 2012. 

Dr Adedayo Adedeji, who carried out the abortion, and two nurses, were acquitted of manslaughter in May 2016, after the prosecution refused to offer evidence in court. 

Now, only a week after Ealing Council imposed a Public Space Protection Order banning pro-lifers from holding vigils and offering help outside the clinic, the inquest into Mrs Chithira's death at that same clinic is being held. 

Denying culpability

At the start of the week-long inquest at West London Coroner’s Court, nurse Gemma Pullen insisted that Mrs Chithira was well enough to leave the clinic. However, she was vomiting before leaving, and the taxi driver who collected her said: "she didn't seem with it at all. She looked like she was drunk."

Ms Pullen disputed the evidence of the taxi driver, and when asked about comments made by Mrs Chithira that she "'wanted to leave' because you all wanted to go home", she replied "that’s not true." 

Whose fault?

Dr Adedeji, who said he had carried out around 2000 abortions, said that he noticed "a small tear at the neck of the womb at the right side" during the surgery, but that it was "caused by the foetal parts that were coming out." 

"She didn't ring back...Aisha was dead"

Mrs Chithira's widower Ryan Kapengule said in a statement that he spoke to his wife by phone as she was preparing to leave the clinic and travel to her cousin's house in Slough,  but she told him she was "too weak to speak" and ended the call.

"I kept ringing her but there was no reply, Aisha didn’t ring back or reply to my texts – I thought at first she had arrived in Slough and just wanted to rest.

"Her sister called me, this was at 12.42am. She asked me where Aisha was and I said she was in Slough, she said she wasn’t in Slough.

"Ten minutes later she called me back and said someone had called her and Aisha was dead."

The tip of the iceburg

In a press release, SPUC's Antonia Tully said that the tragic case of Aisha Chithira "exposes the ugly reality of the abortion industry in our country."

"Aisha Chithira, who died after a bungled abortion and appalling treatment at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, represents only the tip of the iceberg of women who die, are injured or left with long term problems resulting from infection, extreme emotional distress or other factors."

Yet Marie Stopes gets a buffer zone

None of the media reports of this story mentioned the the Care Quality Commission reports which condemned Marie Stopes International for over 2,600 breaches of health and safety or that Ealing Council last week imposed a buffer zone stopping pro-lifers from offering alternatives to abortion outside the clinic.

"Aisha's case shows us what abortion really is: a baby is killed and a woman is harmed, in Aisha's case fatally," said Mrs Tully. "The one ray of hope women for like Aisha have is that someone might be there at outside the abortion clinic offering help, support and love. And now there is a national campaign to prevent peaceful, prayerful pro-life vigils from taking place outside places which carry out abortions.

"How ironic that Aisha died at the hands of the first abortion centre where pro-lifers are no longer allowed to offer life-saving help." 

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Comments (9)

  • Louise

    23 April 2018, 1:23pm

    To even call this ironic is a disgrace. The death of any person whilst in medical care or as a result of, should of course be fully investigated. But by no means should this be used as an example against abortions, or the right for anti abortions campaigners to stand outside clinics offering "help". In what lies the irony? Has this tragic death proven the right of campaigners to confront women who are about to make an abortion? Should we perhaps compare this with deaths happening around the world where women are left with no other option than to go through with illegal and unsafe abortions?
    Regardless of ones views on abortion, they are legal (and should be in my opinion). I fully support the ban.

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  • Ben Louise

    23 April 2018, 2:01pm

    The irony is that if pro-life counsellors were (allowed to be) present, and if she'd taken their help, she and her child would still be alive and well.

    This decision to enact buffer zones is (reportedly) being done in women's name, but it's been criticised by women who've received help outside an abortion clinic, and it can result in the death of another woman at the hands of a CQC-condemned abortion clinic.

    "We support women so much we're willing to kill them to make a killing". The only thing wrong with the word "ironic" here is that it's too mild for this much hypocrisy.

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  • Louise Ben

    24 April 2018, 1:21pm

    Hi Ben,
    I understand we have very different views about abortion and women's rights but I respect your opinion. I also think you should be able to express your views in public as freedom of speech is vital in a democratic society (as long as it's within it's rules). But in my mind, targeting individuals outside an abortion clinic is harassment. The women have already made their decisions and should be respected and not confronted.

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  • Ben Louise

    24 April 2018, 2:08pm

    "The women have already made their decisions..."

    I'm not sure where that idea comes from. Even bpas, in one of their media interviews, claimed that "1 in 5 women change their minds after deciding they want an abortion".

    It's also not reflected in the experiences of all the Be Here For Me women who've come out recently to say "thank you" for the pro-life vigils that helped them. So, no, women entering the clinic are not decided, buit they may be under pressure and in fact looking for a way out.

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  • Christine

    24 April 2018, 8:23am

    As much as this is a tragedy the boundaries should stay where they are, pro lifers can't stop a medical tragedy happening and it could of happened with any surgery. Women should be left alone if they want to have an abortion, it is not a simple decision as people seem to think. I have personal experience in this and no I have never regretted my decision to have an abortion and I have gone on to have 3 other children who I lovely dearly. Not everything in life is as cut and dried as we'd like

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  • Louise Christine

    24 April 2018, 10:22pm

    I agree with you Christine!

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  • Wendy Christine

    25 April 2018, 12:19am

    I know of several women who have felt so empty and distressed after their abortion they go and get pregnant again.

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