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Jury hears testimony from relatives of woman who died at Gosnell’s abortion clinic, told of disgusting conditions

by | Apr 17, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

“On Monday, a cadre of national reporters trooped into Judge Jeffrey Minehart’s courtroom. Then the bombs exploded in Boston. By Tuesday, the out-of-town reporters were almost all gone, the story a one-day wonder.” — Karen Heller, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer

Yashoda Gurung, the daughter of Karnamaya Mongar,  who died during an abortion, shown  with Mongar’s brother and Gurung’s uncle, who drove both to Philadelphia from Virginia for the abortion at Kermit Gosnell’s clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave.  (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

Yashoda Gurung, the daughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who died during an abortion, shown with Mongar’s brother and Gurung’s uncle, who drove both to Philadelphia from Virginia for the abortion at Kermit Gosnell’s clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave.
(DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

Judging by the likes of Trip Gabriel, whose story for the New York Times we wrote about yesterday, out-of-towners weren’t exactly glad to be in Philadelphia in the first place. Given a chance to cover a national tragedy like the bombings in Boston—why bother with the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old refugee in abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors”?

In the face of a barrage of criticism that newspapers and the networks were essentially boycotting the trial, in his Monday story Gabriel bragged that the New York Times at least had covered the first day of the trial back in March. As we noted yesterday, that story was serviceable, at best, and seriously misleading, at worse.

For example, you’d know that seven “fetuses” had been killed and that Gosnell was on trial on seven counts of first degree murder. But you wouldn’t know that Gosnell also was also on trial for third degree murder in Mrs. Mongar’s death, caused, according to prosecutors, by Gosnell’s untrained staff giving her too much Demerol to anesthetize her.

So what would the out-of-town reporter who left town have missed? The riveting testimony of Mrs. Mongar’s daughter, Yashoda Gurung, who “told the Philadelphia jury hearing Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial about her mother’s death during an often-emotional two hours of testifying with the help of a Nepalese interpreter,” according to the Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian.

“Emotional” is putting it mildly.

“She wept when Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore projected a photo of her mother and father, Ash Mongar, smiling new immigrants posing in the National Air and Space Museum,” Slobodzian reported.

Gurung told of trying to persuade her mother to carry the baby, but unsuccessfully.  Two abortion clinics would not abort the baby, who, according to the Grand Jury report, was 19 weeks old. But the second abortion clinic “told them that Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia would likely be able to help them.”

An uncle, Damber Ghalley, drove them to Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

According to Slobodzian

Ghalley, who has lived in the United States since 1999 and speaks English, described the chaos at the clinic as firefighters and paramedics arrived to transport his unconscious sister to the emergency room. He said firefighters had to use bolt cutters to open the emergency exit leading to a ramp to the sidewalk.

Ghalley testified that he saw Gosnell standing in the open door to the clinic and asked what happened.

“He said, ‘The procedure was done but your sister’s heart stopped,’ ” Ghalley testified.

The next day, Ghalley continued, he accosted Gosnell in the hospital parking lot, and Gosnell repeated his earlier answer, adding, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’ll be able to answer any question anywhere.”

Mrs. Mongar died the day after the abortion was performed, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The prosecution also zeroed in the appalling conditions at the abortion clinic. As NRL News has reported, the Grand Jury’s 261-page report has to be read to be believed, so filthy were the conditions.

The news stories that ran yesterday talked about a janitor and handyman testifying that the clinic had frequent plumbing problems and that toilets blocked up weekly. James Johnson said he refused to clean out the waste pipes.

“I told the doc I would remove the toilet and lay it on its side, but somebody else would have to clean that out,” Johnson said.

But the larger context explains why people like Johnson refused to clean out the toilets. As the Grand Jury wrote

“Very often, the patient delivered without Gosnell being present. [Latosha] Lewis testified that one or two babies fell out of patients each night. They dropped out on lounge chairs, on the floor, and often in the toilet. If the doctor was not there, it was not unusual for no one to tend to the mother or the baby.” …

“James Johnson, who supposedly cleaned the clinic and bagged its infectious waste, confirmed Lewis’s account. He testified that sometimes patients ‘miscarried or whatever it was’ into the toilet and clogged it. He described how he had to lift the toilet so that someone else – he said it was too disgusting for him – could get the fetuses out of the pipes.”

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