Doctor charged with manslaughter from botched abortion


A Flushing medical doctor was indicted on second-degree manslaughter charges as a result of a botched abortion that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old woman.

The arraignment alleges that 52-year-old Robert Rho, of Lake Success, New York caused the woman’s death by perforating her uterine wall and causing a disruption and transection of the uterine artery during a surgical procedure on July 9, 2016, at the Flushing health facility where he practices. He subsequently failed to provide her with appropriate and timely medical attention.

After the initial procedure, the arraignment states that the victim was bleeding profusely and underwent a second procedure. She was subsequently allowed to leave the Liberty Women’s Health Care of Queens, located at 37-01 Main St., with her sister, despite having collapsed and appearing disoriented.

On the way to her sister’s Bronx apartment, she reportedly fell unconscious. She was taken to a Bronx hospital where she was pronounced dead later that night after being given six units of blood.

If Rho is convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.


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