Doctor, 4 employees charged of murder as resettled woman died of overdoze in US


A doctor accused of running a filthy “abortion mill” for decades in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood delivered babies alive, killed them with scissors and allowed a woman who had survived 20 years in a refugee camp to be overmedicated and die at his clinic, prosecutors said.

The Associated Press has reported that Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, was charged Wednesday with eight counts of murder for the deaths of seven babies and one patient. Nine employees also were charged, including four with murder.

Prosecutors described the clinic as a “house of horrors” where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions. A family practice physician, Gosnell has no certification in gynecology or obstetrics, the report said.

The Mongar couple

Four months after Karnamaya Mongar reached the United States after spending nearly two decades in camps in Nepal she was dead at Gosnell’s clinic. The 41-year-old mother of three died of cardiac arrest when she was given too much Demerol and other drugs, prosecutors said.

“Pennsylvania is not a third-world country. There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did, even after Karnamaya Mongar’s death,” city prosecutors charged in a nearly 300-page grand jury report. (Download here)

The report also mentioned that the “Women’s Medical Society” opened in 1979 and was inspected by the state Department of Health only sporadically. The last inspection was in 1993. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams accused state health officials of “utter disregard” for Gosnell’s patients, who were mostly poor minority women like Mongar.

Gosnell made millions performing thousands of dangerous abortions. A second woman, a 22-year-old mother of two from Philadelphia, died in 2000 from a perforated uterus, it added.

According to the report Mongar with her husband Ash had gone to the clinic in November 2009. Gosnell wasn’t at the clinic at the time. His staff administered the drugs repeatedly to the 4-foot-11, 110-pound Mongar as they waited for him to arrive.

“Those are the kind of stories that break your heart,” said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, which rejected Gosnell from membership years ago because he did not meet its standards of care. The group’s 400 members perform about half the abortions in North America, she said.


  1. With condolence to the Magar family, I suggest: As the Grand Jury Conviction goes on, the family of the late Karnamaya Magar can file a law suit for damages. Plse consult a lawyer who can do all the work free and get paid by the percentage of what will be realized at the end. It seems to be slamdunk case to win usually very large amounts in damages/loss of life due to professional negligence.
    Dick Chhetri

  2. I agree with Ganesh Ji. It is true that the poor Mongar family is obviously unable to go with all the legal procedures. So, as said by Ganesh Ji, if our OBCA or ABA are still alive they should try turning their eyes and ears towards the case.

  3. I have been reading so many good advice of Dick and I feel he is one of the most concerned persons to see the difficulties of our newly setteled people. So, considering his capacity, knowledge and experience in the US, he is one of the best persons who could come to help. Dick ji, may I ask you to be in contact with these people or make some one represent or guide them in filing a case and taking care of the ensuing litigations.


  4. It is very hard to imagine this kind of accidents in USA. Dont believed only the American technology and licence. It is very important to ask and talk possibilities way to find the solution with a Doctor. If we believe Dr. only as a god, it is stupid.They sometime kills our life. My mother was expired due to the medication overdose last monthe in South Dakota.He went to heart attack after she took new medication. It is great time for OBCA and ABA to think about your community. If you do not stand in this difficult period,it may leads your foot to minus zero, which is not good. I appreciated the Dick dai idea.Please be with this poor guy, you will always with us.

  5. It is, indeed, very sad to know that in a very highly developed country with the latest sophisticated technologies, we still find quacks operating in a broad daylight mudering innocent women and children. Is there any difference between this doctor and the Yamaraj? This doctor should be renamed Dr. YAMARAJ? Long time ago, I read one article in the Kantipur where a quack aborted a lady under a candle light and that lady lost her life. My heart goes to this Magar family and also to Kishore Siwakoti, who says he lost his dear mother due to medical overdose.
    We are a new community and for any death that takes place due to suicide, doctor’s negligence, or even due to old age, we look upon OBCA or ABA for solutions. We blame these organizations for not coming out and helping out the people. Can these organizations really help our people? Do we really have capable people with resources and a big heart to help others? What should be the role of these organizations in such situations? Our seniors and educated people, both members and non-members of these organizations, are definitely helping in numerous ways. They are educating people and connecting them to various services. But there are instances where people do not listen to the right things and the right persons.

  6. My condolences to the family of 41-year old mother of three, Karna Maya Mongar. Who died at “Gosnell’s Clinic”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, when she was given too much Demerol and other drugs.

    Why did she go to this abortion clinic? Did her caseworker suggest her to go there or she went there on her own? I think if she went to this clinic on her caseworker’s advice, the caseworker and his/her charity agency also will be investigated for any possible wrongdoings.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is not located in a third world country, but some parts of Philadelphia, in fact, are worse than many cities in third world countries, in many cases.

    Why we should blame the U.S. Government of all the mess in Philadelphia? If some residents do not keep their neighborhood clean, and allow their small children running around naked and unclothed, with no shoes on, State or the United States Government should not be held fully responsible, but the residents should be blamed for adopting their low quality of their living standard.

    In 1985, the city Government of Philadelphia, backed by the U.S. Government did its job, and used deadly force against those residents who refused to cooperate with the city’s health officials.

    In city’s neighborhood of area around North 33rd Street had its own complaints: rats, rotting garbage, fecal odor, unclothed children, stray animals. Police dropped bombs from helicopters that destroyed 61 homes and killed 11 residents, including five children.

    I admire D. Chhetri for giving valuable advice to the victim’s family. However, money is not a substitute to any loved one, and I would not advise the victim’s family to rush to get a lot of money.

    At present, the victim’s family needs a lot of love, sympathy, donation and emotional support from Bhutanese community and from all others.

    I condole to the victim’s family and hope the victim’s family will find strength to deal with their great tragedy of losing a family member.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Massachusetts, USA.

  7. As fair & lovely your named sound, your thoughts/understanding are still dark. You might want to change your name. Tell me, who is OBCA & ABA ? Do you or your family or your neighbors pay montly contribution to these organizations? If not how do you expect them to reach each and every corner and provide services to our people need. Are they a federal or state government? – who has tax revenues at their disposal to provide services to the public. C’mon son – be real and change your attitude. These organizations are supported by people like you and me who work hard to meet our ends on daily basis. Frankly, they do not have any solutions in any kind of situation unless people like you and me support them financially and give our own time to them.

    Yes, people who closely monitored this stituation and who knew about it came together and provided helping hand to the family. They were never alone. Don’t get to exicited just because you just heard about it. This incident took place a year ago. People, please just don’t jump into conclusion and start finger pointing to each other. “Kag ley Kan Lageo Bhandai ma Kag ko Pachi na kudno”.

    Thank you Mr. Shadid M. for your thoughts but this situation is under control. It has been take care of. It has been a year and finger pointing has to stop here. Agency and community took care of it.

    Gorkhali ko choro ho mo ,Gorkjhey mero nam.

  8. Dear Editor BNS:

    Please allow me to make two corrections, regarding news of Mrs. Karna Maya Monger’s death, on November 20, 2009.

    1: Bhutan News Service has failed to inform its readers that the victim died, not only for the reason of overdosing, but also for the reason of delay in transporting the dying patient from abortion clinic to the hospital.

    An ambulance arrived within two minutes after the abortion clinic staff called 911 emergency call. Ambulance staff (Paramedics) had to wait at least twenty minutes because the clinic’s emergency exit door was locked and they could not find the key to unlock the door. That delay of 20 minutes was a main factor that caused her death.

    2: I also would like to make a correction to my own comments that I posted here earlier. I never meant to support the use of deadly force, against the civilians, and dropping a powerful bomb on Osage Avenue and Pine Street area of Philadelphia, USA, on May 13, 1985, by a Police helicopter, on those Black anti-Government radicals who were firing at Police from their homes. It is 100% wrong when any Government drops bombs on its own citizens. Of course, the city Government did its job by taking a firm action against lawlessness, but there were many other ways to deal with the situation, without bombing the neighborhood, and killing small children.

    The City Government was wrong and that is why it agreed to pay millions of dollars to victims’ families as compensation, few years later.

    I also would like to mention that here in America; abortion is illegal in many states, especially when an unborn baby is over 24 months. That is why many women go to private and illegal clinics that perform abortions. In poor (Especially Black)neighborhoods like Philadelphia’s South area, these kind of private clinics perform abortions, because many women use their illegal services, at a low price and do not report to Police.

    I hope that Mrs. Karna Maya Mongar’s family will be paid a reasonable compensation for the loss of their loved-one, who died on November 20, 2009, in a Philadelphia’s abortion clinic.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Massachusetts, USA.

  9. Gorkhey,

    Take out sometime and re-visit my comment. I have very fairly mentioned that people are helping each other and trying to educate each other. I have very lovely said the OBCA or ABA is not the solution for every problem. People have to do a good research before visiting any doctor. Every state has educated Bhutanese who can guide our folks to the right providers.You don’t have to depend on people’s donation if you really want to help others. We can simply share the information about organizations providing srvices to the newly arrived refugees. But the most ugly part is people do not trust each other. We have many brokers working for medical clinics in different states who in the name of helping the refugees are exploiting them by referring them to these clinics. So Gorkhey, do not act like a real gorkhay. Simply by obtaining three years bachelor’s degree from Gorkhaland, you do not become a real Gorkhey.

  10. It is sad to see some commentators are fighting with each other over the story of tragic death of Mrs. Karna Maya Morang, in Philadelphia, USA.

    The victim’s family already has filed a law suit against the Doctor who’s negligence caused the death of Mrs. Karna Maya Morang, and I think the family of the victim does not need any help from any individual or any organization.

    The real victims are those three young people who lost their mother. Probably, the husband of the victim, will receive at least one million dollars in punitive damages, who was not even present at the bed side of his wife when she needed him the most, and when she was fighting for her life. May be abortion was not her own idea, but her husband wanted her to get rid of their UNBORN baby.

    It is a very sad story.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Massachusetts, USA.

  11. Dear Editor BNS:

    I am sorry I am making too many mistakes here. It is very embarrassing for me to make correction again. But I must do that to set the record straight.

    In my February 19, 2011 comment, I sated, ” I also would like to mention that here in America; abortion is illegal in many states, especially when an unborn baby is over 24 months”.

    Of course, I meant to say 24 weeks, not 24 months. (No human baby stays in mother’s stomach for 2 years).

    Where were those “hot shot” commentators? Why nobody, including BNS editor, ever noticed my error?

    I am sorry again. I will be very careful writing comments in the future, and will not rush to post, but I will read my own comments over and over to check for any mistakes, before posting on BNS.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Massachusetts, USA.

  12. You all people talk more than you work. ABA and OBCA are nothing but a bunch of nonsense people who have nothing to do and can do nothing here.
    Don’t think everything is right in America and American doctors too are like that of Nepal or India. They are money hungry and can do anything. so becareful. All of you must help Magar family at this time.

    I am sorry for the magar family.

  13. I think ABA and OBCA are not doing anything because Rob Van and Ta Ra are doing everything that needs to be done, with some help from Kanchho Adhikari. I hear they are even working side by side with the lawyers and are at the verge of getting a multi-million dollars settlement for the Magar family. The last I heard, the next thing they (this Rob Van and Ta Ra and Kanchho Adhikari) are planning on is to bring back Mrs. Magar to life. So, yes, ABA and OBCA can shut up and go to rest when faced with such amazing, diligent, capable people in the community. Thank God for Rob Van and Ta Ra.