World Bulletin / News Desk
A woman in the southern province of Adana died on Monday along with her unborn twins after doctors carried out a procedure to end the life of one of the fetuses she was carrying which had been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The incident took place at a hospital where Hatice Demet Buzpınar and Eren Buzpınar were going for regular checkups during Hatice Demet Buzpınar's pregnancy. At the end of a routine test conducted by the hospital to determine whether the twins were suffering from any medical condition, Buzpınar's doctor informed them that one of the twins had Down syndrome and that they could carry out a procedure in which the fetus was given an injection which would stop the growth of the fetus in the mother's womb. The couple gave permission for the procedure, which took place on Feb. 13.
Two days later, Buzpınar began experiencing abdominal pain. The woman was taken back to the same hospital, where she stayed for two days. The doctors decided to remove Buzpınar's uterus and the fetuses inside it. The surgery did not go as planned and the woman was rushed to intensive care, where she later died from a heart attack.
Buzpınar's family has filed a criminal complaint against the hospital. The Adana Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident. The two fetuses and the body of Hatice Demet Buzpınar were taken to the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) for an autopsy.
Eren Buzpınar told reporters he believes the doctors must have made a wrong diagnosis. The doctors, however, say they informed the family of the details of Buzpınar's pregnancy and that the couple was aware of the risks involved in the treatment they agreed to.Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2013, 09:43