Edyta † (2004) – Poland

Doctors Let Woman Die Rather Than Harm Her Fetus

Jezebel, 10/08/10 by Anna North

A Polish woman (known as “Edyta” or “Y”) died because doctors repeatedly refused to provide adequate treatment for her colon condition, with some citing CO and claiming that the treatments might harm the fetus. Her condition deteriorated and four months later, Edyta died of sepsis after miscarrying a dead fetus. Edyta’s mother filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights, but lost in 2012. The court claimed a lack of direct evidence linking Edyta’s death with the negligent care.

However, the court completely overlooked these facts:

  • Edyta’s pregnancy was the main reason she was often refused treatment or given inadequate treatment.
  • Colitis is entirely treatable and no-one should die from it.
  • Pregnant women under medical supervision should never be left at risk of sepsis, let alone get sick and die from it.
  • Sources:
    Center for Reproductive Rights