Janice Gumm

SUMMARY: Janice Gumm, age 17, died on December 5, 1998 due to an abortion performed by Dr. Jesse Chandler at Dimensions Medical Center, Des Plaines, IL.

Seventeen-year-old Janice Marie Gumm of Beach Park, Illinois, went to Dimensions Medical Center at 1455 Golf Road in Des Plaines, Illionis, for an abortion on December 5, 1998, to be performed under anesthesia. Her abortionist was Dr. Jesse Chandler, and the anesthesiologist was Dr. Murray Rosenberg of Hospital Anesthesia Group.

The suit by Janice's survivors held that Dimensions failed to perform an adequate physical examination prior to the abortion, particularly in that they did not properly assess her increased risks due to the fact that she had asthma. As a result, Janice suffered an anesthesia-related complication that resulted in her death that day.


Sandefur v. Rosenberg et. al., Cook County Circuit Court No. 99 L 8001