The family of the deceased Izabela from Pszczyna (Silesia) published thanks for the words of support and appealed for all financial help to be given to other people in need.
The woman was taken to the hospital in Pszczyna in the 22nd week of pregnancy after her amniotic fluid broke. Earlier, malformations were found in the fetus. Although doctors could legally perform an abortion in a life-threatening situation, they waited for the fetus to die. The 30-year-old died.
The family and her attorney were of the opinion that the doctors waited too long to terminate the pregnancy, which contributed to the death. The case is being investigated by the prosecutor’s office, the inspection at the facility was also started by the Control Department of the National Health Fund. Hospital ofannounced the implementation of the contracts of two doctorswho were on duty during the patient’s stay in the hospital
According to the statement published by Jolanta Budzowska, the representative of the family, the relatives of the deceased “would like to thank wholeheartedly for the words of support and sympathy that flow to them from everywhere.” “Knowing that they are not alone is very important,” the statement said. As emphasized, the family “is also extremely grateful for the received offers of financial support, organizing fundraising or sending gifts”.
“However, because the relatives (…) believe that among the immensity of human harm there are certainly people who are in greater financial need than they do, they ask that any payments be transferred to the account of the Między Niebem a Ziemią Foundation, which helps families of terminally ill children, with the annotation # Neither One More “- underlined.
They waited for the fetus to die
In a statement issued, the management board of the hospital assured that its staff did everything to save the patient and her child, and all medical decisions were made in accordance with the applicable Polish law and standards of conduct.
According to the family lawyer, the patient, during her stay in the hospital, in messages sent to family members and friends, reported that “according to the information provided by her doctors, they assumed a wait-and-see attitude, refraining from emptying the uterine cavity until the fetus died, which was associated with the applicable regulations. limiting the possibility of legal abortion “.
Tightening up the abortion law
The provisions of the law on abortion were changed as a result of the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of October 22 last year. Previously in force since 1993, the Act on family planning, protection of the human fetus and conditions for the admissibility of termination of pregnancy, known as the abortion compromise, allowed for an abortion in three cases: in a situation where pregnancy poses a threat to a woman’s life or health, when pregnancy resulted from a prohibited act (rape, incest) and in the event of a serious and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease that threatens its life.
Only the last premise was found unconstitutional by the Constitutional Tribunal – the provisions still allow the possibility of termination of pregnancy if it poses a threat to the life and health of a woman, and also when there is a justified suspicion that the pregnancy is a result of a prohibited act, e.g. rape.
The judgment of October 22, 2020 sparked a wave of protests across the country.
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