SUMMARY: Kendra McLeod, age 22, died June 30, 1998 after an abortion performed in Chapel Hill, NC.

Kendra Paige McLeod, single mother of two, underwent an abortion at a clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on June 12, 1998. She bled heavily after the abortion. The day after her abortion, she sought help at an emergency room. She had fainted three times by the time she got into the emergency room at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Doctors at the hospital transfused Kendra with nine units of blood and performed surgery to try to save her life, to no avail. She died on June 30, at the age of 22. According to North Carolina death records, she went into respiratory arrest after damage caused to her pelvic organs during a legal abortion.

Her mother, Vickie Huffman, lost a lawsuit against the hospital's emergency department. Sue sued on behalf of Kendra's children. Documents do not note if the family sued the abortion provider.

The state death index notes that Kendra was a high school graduate working at a grocery store.


Sources:
  • "Jury says doctor didn't cause woman's death," Fayetteville Observer, Sept. 13, 2001
  • North Carolina Death Indexes, 1908-2004