Santo Domingo.- A young woman
in the early stages of pregnancy known only as Esperanza died early this
morning at the SEMMA clinic where she had been receiving chemotherapy for leukemia.
The treatment had been delayed amid fears that doctors would be prosecuted for provoking an abortion. Her family, her doctors and the Minister of Health as well as women's rights campaigners all agreed that her life should be put first.
The 16-year old patient’s health had deteriorated in the last couple of weeks because her platelets and white cell count had decreased, and the family and medical team had appealed for donors, said Dr. Mario Lama.
The Esperanza case provoked national debate because of the chemotherapy she needed and the possible effects on the fetus in a country where abortion is illegal in all cases.
The teenager was hospitalized on July 4.