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Daughter of Gosnell victim awarded $3.9 million

by | Sep 18, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

GosnellGuiltyWhen a Philadelphia jury found abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of murder in the deaths of babies he killed after their live-birth abortions, they also found Gosnell guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karna Maya Mongar.

Mongar, a 41-year-old immigrant from Nepal, was to undergo a dilation and evacuation abortion at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic November 19, 2009. She died after being administered a “lethal cocktail” of painkillers and sedatives by unqualified personnel. Gosnell was not present.

Max Mitchell of The Legal Intelligencer reported today that Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Allen awarded 3.9 million to Yashoda Devi Gurung, Mongar’s daughter, who is the administrator of her mother’s estate.

The award, against both Gosnell and the clinic, included $550,000 under the Wrongful Death Act, $100,000 under the Survival Act and $3.25 million in punitive damages,” Mitchell reported.

Whether the family receives any compensation is an open question. The family’s attorney confirmed to Mitchell that there is no available insurance.

But “The fight certainly is not over,” Bernard W. Smalley said. “Our firm is going to see this through to the end so we can bring some measure of justice to this family.”

During the course of Gosnell’s trial, evidence was introduced that he had made millions, primarily off of late abortions on women of color and prescription drugs he’d illegal prescribed.


According to the complaint, as was often the case, the abortion began late at night–in this case 11 pm. According to Mitchell

The complaint said medical records noted Mongar’s condition as good, but emergency medical services were called shortly after 11 p.m., and Mongar was found unresponsive. She died the following day, according to the complaint.

“The acts and omissions on the part of the defendants respectively were departures from the basic standard of care and were substantial factors in causing the physical and emotional harm suffered by Karna Maya Mongar leading to her severe injuries and ultimately her death,” the complaint said.

Going back to old stories, we learn more details. Nurse Lynda Williams testified that she gave Mongar one pill of Cytotec, a prostaglandin to induced contractions. “Williams also assisted in administering local anesthesia, NBC News Philadelphia reported. “When Mongar complained of pain, Williams said she called Gosnell, who told her to administer a second round of local anesthesia.”

In June 2014, Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Williams to five to 10 years on her guilty plea to two counts of third-degree murder.

The first was Mrs. Mongar. The other was a baby who was aborted born alive whom Williams killed using the technique Gosnell used to murder hundreds of viable babies (according to the Philadelphia Grand Jury): plunging scissors into their spinal cords.

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