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Liberty Women’s Health Care of Queens was located in Flushing before it was shuttered.
By Forum Staff
Courtroom drama unfolded last week in the case of Great Neck doctor, Robert Rho, 55, who changed his plea to guilty just minutes before the jury in his 4-week trial was set to deliver their verdict.
Rho’s attorney entered the plea on charges of criminally negligent homicide, after the defendant admitted to causing the death of a 30-year-old woman during a surgical procedure in July 2016.
Rho was performing a standard surgical abortion at the health facility where he was practicing, when he perforated the woman’s uterine wall, leading to the disruption and transsection of her uterine artery.
The doctor admitted that despite the victim’s condition and excessive bleeding, he failed to provide the timely and appropriate care that should have followed the abortion.
District Attorney Brown said, “Sadly, a 30-year-old woman lost her life as a result of the surgery. The doctor has now accepted responsibility and admitted he failed to realize the damage he’d done and did not provide appropriate and timely medical care following the surgery. He will go to prison as a result of his actions.”
According to trial testimony, the woman made an appointment for an abortion at Liberty Women’s Health, arriving there with her sister on the morning of July 9th. The procedure began shortly after 1 pm. During the surgery, Rho lacerated the victim’s cervix in addition to the damage he inflicted on her uterus.
While she was in the recovery room, the 30- year-old victim was bleeding profusely, so Rho decided to perform a second surgery to repair the damage, failing to get her the emergency medical care she desperately needed.
The victim left the medical facility and on the drive home to her sister’s Bronx residence, she fell off the backseat and became unresponsive. She was transported to a Bronx hospital where she was treated for vaginal bleeding and given six units of blood. She died that night.
Rho’s sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2018, at which time the defendant faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.