SUMMARY: Pamela Wainwright, age 38, died January 15, 1987 after an abortion performed at Shallowford Community Hospital in Fulton County, GA.

Thirty-eight-year-old Pamela A. Wainwright and her husband had two children living at home, one of whom had Down Syndrome.

Pamela was admitted to Shallowford Community Hospital in Dunwoody, Georgia on January 15, 1987, for an abortion and tubal ligation. Pamela was 11 weeks pregnant.

Pamela was taken to the operating room for her surgery the next day. The abortion and tubal ligation were to be performed by Dr. Wendell Phillips.

Phillips placed a needle into Pamela's abdomen to pump in carbon dioxide. He did not ensure proper placement of the needle. Instead of pumping carbon dioxide into her abdomen, he pumped it into her bloodstream.

Pamela died almost immediately from cardiac arrest, due to vapor lock in her heart.

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Source: Fulton County (GA) Superior Court D-62259