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ME: Abortion patient’s death unresolved until raid

on March 28, 2013 10:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A medical examiner said he couldn’t fully analyze a woman’s death following a 2009 abortion until the clinic was raided months later.

Assistant Philadelphia Medical Examiner Gary Collins said he initially ruled it an accidental overdose death. But he said he changed the cause to homicide after getting clinic records and witness statements.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with third-degree murder in the alleged overdose death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee from Bhutan. Prosecutors said he let untrained staff administer controlled drugs.

Defense lawyer Jack McMahon has suggested that Mongar had undisclosed respiratory problems that could cause fatal complications.

But a toxicologist testified this week that Mongar died of an overdose of the painkiller Demerol.

McMahon will continue to cross-examine Collins today.

Gosnell is also charged with killing seven babies allegedly born alive.

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