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Young wife dies after miscarriage

22 weeks pregnant, a young mother's bag of waters broke and she delivered a still born boy at the hospital. Her doctor chose not to perform a D&C. She returned to the same hospital 5 days later with a fever and a rapid hearbeat. Although her chest X-Ray was clear the emergency room doctors diagnosed pneumonia and chose not examine her for a uterine infection. Her condition worsened until she hemorrhaged 12 hours after her admission. At that time a young resident diagnosed her as having retained products of conception and a D&C was performed. Unfortunately, her sepsis continued to worsen and she went into respiratory failure. She was intubated and kept alive for 3 months before she died. A case brought by her husband against her doctor and the hospital was successfully settled before trial.