Frozen Fetuses Found During Doctor’s Office Raid

February 23, 2010 08:24

Philadelphia and federal authorities who raided a doctor’s office after allegations a woman died following an abortion made a shocking discovery: more than two dozen frozen fetuses.

For the second time in four days, Philadelphia Police, along with State Licensing officials and DEA agents, searched the West Philadelphia office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on Monday.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that the search came after a patient reportedly died following an abortion on November 20.

According to the State Board of Medicine, Dr. Gosnell had an unlicensed staff member conduct vaginal exams and administer medication.

In the November 20 case, the state claims the staff member administered Demerol, Promethazine and Diazepam to the female patient.

After the doctor arrived at the clinic, the patient was given more medication. After the doctor performed an abortion, the patient started to have an arrhythmia and later died, state officials said. Autopsy results are pending.

Sources also told Eyewitness News that during the search, investigators recovered more than two dozen fetuses stored in a freezer, some dating back 30 years.

The fetuses are now being analyzed to reveal if illegal late-term abortions may have been performed.

Records indicate that back in 1995, Gosnell was publicly reprimanded by the State Licensing Board which found he ”employed a physician’s assistant that was not certified … saw at least one patient and treated him.”

Gosnell’s patients, many treated at the office for years, were surprised to learn about the investigation.

“Very good doctor. Very good doctor. I’ve known him for years from my family,” one patient told Eyewitness News.

Attempts to contact Dr. Gosnell at his home, office, by phone, and through an attorney were unsuccessful.

Dr. Gosnell’s license has been temporarily suspended. So far, he has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

The investigation is ongoing.

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