ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Orthodox Jewish mother of a 3-year-old came to Albuquerque from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., late in her second pregnancy.
Details of her past medical history and eventual termination of her 35-week-old fetus in Albuquerque in May 2011 became part of the public record in a state Medical Board disciplinary proceeding involving her Albuquerque physician, Dr. Shelley Sella.
Sella is accused of “gross negligence” in administering certain uterine stimulants to the woman, who had a uterine rupture during the abortion procedure. She denies the allegations and contends there was a known risk of rupture because of the patient’s prior cesarean section.
Identifying information about the patient was redacted by the medical board staff in records obtained by the Journal. Those records refer to her only as M.L.
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