SUMMARY: Sara Niebel, age 15, died May 11, 1994 after an abortion performed at Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Fifteen-year-old Sara Jane Neibel went to Midtown Hospital in Atlanta for a safe and legal abortion at 17 weeks. She was given a clean bill of health and sent home.

The next day, she reported a severe headache, sore neck, neck stiffness, and trouble seeing. Her parents began the drive to take her to the hospital.

On the way there, Sara began screaming and behaving strangely. When they got to the hospital, she refused to get out of the car. She was disoriented and stuporous upon admission.

Sara went into respiratory arrest, and was admitted to the ICU. She was pronounced dead May 11, 1994. The cause of death was determined to be Group B Streptococci Meningitis caused by infected amniotic fluid in her bloodstream.

The autopsy performed on Sara found dead tissue and a fetal bone fragment in her infected uterus.



(Georgia Autopsy Report No. A1994-13; Georgia Certificate of Death # 023154)