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Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges that Baby Born at Abortion Clinic Was Allowed to Die

In Miami, the Thomas More Society has filed a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against 13 defendants over the death of a baby girl. The lawsuit contends that Shanice Denise Osbourne was born alive at an abortion clinic but that the clinic owner later allowed her to die. The case stems from an allegedly botched abortion procedure that occurred in July 2006. The baby’s mother, Sycloria Williams, sought to have her pregnancy terminated by Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique, who gave her prescription medicine and inserted laminaria sticks in her body to help her get ready for the procedure. When Williams arrived at the clinic, she was in a lot of pain. The clinic’s receptionist allegedly gave her Cytotec to dilate her cervix and induce labor. She then waited for hours to be seen by a doctor. During this time, her water broke and she delivered her daughter onto a recliner. The baby, who was alive, was breathing. At this point, clinic owner Belkis Gonzales allegedly entered the room, cut the umbilical cord using shears, put the baby in a red biohazard bag, and threw the bag into the garbage. A doctor soon arrived at the clinic to sedate Williams. Medical records fail to reveal that Shanice Denise Osbourne was alive when she was born. Miami police, however, reportedly received multiple anonymous calls about the alleged incident. A search was conducted to retrieve the baby’s body, which was found decomposing in a cardboard box in one of the clinic’s closet. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s autopsy indicates that Sharon’s lungs did take in oxygen prior to her death. The examiner, however, says cause of death was “extreme prematurity.” Dr. Renelique, Gonzales, and four South Florida abortion clinics are among the wrongful death defendants being sued for allegedly botching the abortion, unauthorized medical practices, falsifying medical records, engaging in evasive tactics, murdering the baby, and concealing/getting rid of her body. Medical Malpractice Medical facilities and their employees owe all patients a certain duty of care. If that duty of care is not followed and a patient gets hurt or dies, you may be able to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Medical mistakes, failure to diagnose, and failure to provide medical care in a timely manner are just a few examples of what might be considered medical malpractice. Lawsuit Filed for Baby Born Alive at Abortion Clinic then Killed and Hidden from Police, Lifesitenews.com, January 30, 2009 Medical Malpractice, Justia Related Web Resource: Birth Injuries, Justia

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