|The funeral of V.T.K. at her home in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
A woman in Vietnam has been fined VND50 million (US$2,193) after carrying out an abortion that purportedly led to the death of a neighbor.
The People’s Committee in Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, has imposed the penalty upon Dinh Thi Thanh, 52, for conducting the medical procedure without a proper license.
Thanh performed the abortion on 30-year-old V.T.K., who lived in the same neighborhood and was three months pregnant, at the former’s home on March 12.
The woman refused to perform the operation at first, but later agreed as K.’s family insisted that she help them.
The family also promised to pay Thanh VND1.7 million ($75) and not to file a lawsuit if anything bad happened.
The abortion started at 8:00 am, during which Thanh placed a urinary catheter in K.’s cervix and told her to have a drink made from sauropus androgynus, a type of leaf vegetable.
Two days later, K. became exhausted, nauseous, had difficulty breathing, and lost feelings in half of her body.
She was admitted to a medical center in Quy Chau District on March 15 in an unconscious state.
The patient was then transferred to a local general hospital for further treatment but eventually could not make it.
During a working session with competent agencies, Thanh admitted she had carried out abortions on herself and several other people.
She was also aware that conducting such abortions is against the law.
The Quy Chau administration stated that Thanh only finished grade seven and did not have any medical degree or certificate for medical practice.
The Nghe An Department of Health is working with authorities in Quy Chau District to determine the exact cause of K.’s death.
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