SUMMARY: Shelby Moran languished in a nursing home for over 20 years after suffering catastrophic brain damage during an abortion performed in January of 1978 by John Barton at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Shelby died on September 16, 1999 at the age of 60.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Shelby Jean Anderson Moran, then a 39-year-old mother of five, alleged that she was given Prostaglandin F2 Alpha for a safe, legal abortion at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in January of 1978. She was about four months pregnant.

Immediately after the drug was injected, Shelby experienced grossly abnormal elevation of her blood pressure. The abortionist, Dr. John J. Barton, thought that the elevation would be transient, and left the facility.

Half an hour later, Shelby went into cardiopulmonary arrest. She suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen, causing dementia and speech aphasia.

Shelby, who had previously managed the Oak Lawn Elks Club, was no longer able to care for herself, much less her five children. She required 24-hour care in a nursing home. After a ten-year legal battle, Shelby's family was awarded $9.5 million on her behalf.

Shelby remained in a care facility, unable to look after her own needs, until her death at Hazel Crest on September 16, 1999.

Other women who languished for years in a coma or vegetative state before dying from delayed abortion complications include:

  • Venus Ortiz, who spent five years in a nursing home before dying in December of 1998
  • Suzanne Logan, who languished, mute and paralyzed, for three years until her death in December of 1992
  • "Gabriella Alonso," who spent six years in a coma until her death in the summer of 2002
  • Christi Stile, who spent nearly 22 years in a vegetative state until her death in March of 2015

Sources:
  • "Brain-damaged woman awarded $9.5 million," Chicago Sun-Times, Apr. 15, 1989
  • "Award granted in abortion case," Easton (MD) Star-Democrat, Apr. 17, 1989
  • Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division, Case No. 80-L-1539
  • Illinois Appellate Court Nos. 1-89-2165, 1-89-2244, 1-89-2359
  • Social Security Death Index

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  1. 1900s
  2. 1910-1919
  3. 1920s
  4. 1930s
  5. 1940s
  6. 1950s
  7. 1960s
  8. 1970s
  9. 1980s
  10. 1990s
  11. 19th century
  12. 2000-2009
  13. 20s
  14. 30s
  15. 40s
  16. NAF
  17. abortifacient
  18. abortion
  19. abortion mill
  20. abortion mortality
  21. abortionists
  22. abortionists -- female
  23. abortionists -- male
  24. alabama
  25. anesthesia
  26. arizona
  27. black women
  28. born alive
  29. botched abortion
  30. california
  31. chicago
  32. colorado
  33. connecticut
  34. cover-up
  35. death
  36. deaths
  37. deception
  38. delay in transport
  39. delay in treatment
  40. district of columbia
  41. dumped body
  42. ectopic
  43. embolism
  44. falsifying forms
  45. fetal indications
  46. florida
  47. former criminal abortionist
  48. george tiller
  49. georgia
  50. hemorrhage death
  51. hospitals
  52. illegal - doctor
  53. illegal - midwife
  54. illegal - nurse
  55. illegal - paramedical
  56. illegal - post roe
  57. illegal - unknown
  58. illegal - untrained
  59. illegal abortion
  60. illinois
  61. inadequate documents
  62. inadequate equipment
  63. inadequate resuscitation
  64. incomplete abortion
  65. indiana
  66. infection
  67. kansas
  68. llinois
  69. louisiana
  70. maryland
  71. massachusetts
  72. maternal indications
  73. maternal mortality
  74. michigan
  75. mills
  76. missouri
  77. mortality
  78. national abortion federation
  79. new jersey
  80. new mexico
  81. new york
  82. north carolina
  83. ohio
  84. oklahoma
  85. pennsylvania
  86. planned parenthood
  87. pre-roe legal
  88. previous misconduct
  89. prostaglandin
  90. quackery
  91. questionable stories
  92. ru-486
  93. rupture
  94. saline
  95. secret abortion
  96. self-induced
  97. suicide
  98. teens
  99. texas
  100. wisconsin