A Newark woman that spent a month in a coma after undergoing an abortion at a Bergen County clinic sued the facility and numerous doctors on Thursday for medical malpractice.
The suit was filed in Superior Court in Essex County against Metropolitan Medical Associates, an Englewood clinic that handles thousands of abortions per year. The clinic was ordered to shut down last Friday by state officials until it corrects “immediate and serious” risks.
Rasheedah Dinkins, who is still recovering in a hospital, said she regrets having ended her pregnancy.
Dinkins said she was told by her mother and personnel at the hospital that she actually died in the ambulance on the way there, and was revived en route to the facility.
She said she only regained the ability to speak on Tuesday.
The shutdown oder cites problems that involve infection control, intruments and equipment used for sterlization. The closure is only the second time in the past five years that state health regulators have shut down a New Jersey’s ambulatory care facilites on an allegation of deficient care.
Gloria Mozas of Cliffside Park is also suing the clinic, claiming doctors there wrongly diagnosed her tubal pregnancy in 2003 and told her she had miscarried, when in fact, she was carrying two live fetuses. She said a doctor there performed an abortion on her, telling her he was removing dead tissue from her womb. About a week later, she said she had to undergo a second procedure to remove the remaining fetus after she developed severe internal bleeding.