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Woman's abortion tragedy to be probed

By Jane Last

The woman who travelled to London from Dublin for an abortion died from a heart attack caused by "extensive internal blood loss" hours after having the procedure.

Police are investigating the death of the mum-of-one.

It can be revealed that a post-mortem examination conducted on the woman concluded that she died from a heart attack, caused by extensive internal blood loss.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday that they were investigating the woman's death, which occurred in Slough, on January 21, 2012, and a file will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 32-year-old married woman was understood to be a foreign national living in Dublin.

A Met spokesman confirmed that detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding her "unexplained" death which occurred around midnight on January 21, 2012, in Slough.

He added: "A post-mortem which took place on 23 January at Wexham Hospital concluded that the cause of death was a heart attack caused by extensive internal blood loss. We continue to investigate the death and are liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service currently."

The Irish Times said the woman sought an abortion at a maternity hospital in Dublin.

However, the mother-of-one was told that it was not possible to obtain one in the Republic.

She travelled to a Marie Stopes clinic in London, but died in a taxi hours after the procedure.

Speaking anonymously, the woman's husband said she had a child in Ireland in 2010 but the pregnancy was painful. It was also complicated by fibroids.

The man said they worried what would happen if she fell pregnant again.

He said his wife was approximately 20 weeks pregnant when she travelled for an abortion.

He told the newspaper she would have undergone the procedure sooner, but they spent some time exploring all their options.

It also took some time for the couple to save the sum required for such a procedure.

Thousands of women from the Republic travel each year to England and Wales for an abortion.

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