Christine Dhanagom


Abortionist forced to pay $600,000 for abortion that left woman in a coma

Christine Dhanagom

January 12, 2012 ( - A Mississippi woman was awarded a $600,000 settlement for an abortion that she says left her in a coma, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

The lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Dashica Thomas and her husband against Dr. Joseph Booker and the then-Jackson Women’s Health Organization where Thomas received an abortion in 2003.

Thomas alleges that Booker abruptly stopped in the middle of the abortion saying that he was unable to finish and that she should return to have the procedure completed by another doctor. He then sent her home without antibiotics. As a diabetic, Thomas was particularly vulnerable to infection.

At home, “she continued to spot, bleed and she felt dizzy, sick and feverish,” according to court papers. She developed sepsis poisoning, was in a coma for a week and a half, and says that she is now infertile as a result of the abortion.

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A circuit judge ruled in favor of Thomas and her husband in November when Booker did not show up for the trial.

This past Tuesday’s hearing resulted in a $500,000 award for noneconomic damages, $29,420 for lost wages, $64,914.60 for medical bills, and $6,000 in punitive damages

“The court was very methodical in its ruling and very fair,” John Reeves, the couple’s attorney, told the Clarion-Ledger. “Mrs. Thompson and her husband were terribly wronged, and we now have this judgment that we look forward to collecting.”

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Booker, who no longer works at the Jackson clinic, which is now called All Women’s Healthcare of Jackson, is pursuing his own lawsuit for wrongful termination. He alleges that he is the victim of racial discrimination, and was retaliated against for refusing to perform an abortion procedure not approved by the FDA.

The troubled abortionist made headlines in 2000 when 36 bags with aborted babies were discovered behind a store in Ocean Springs. The store owner told police that he found the bags in a storage unit he had purchased at an auction, and that the unit also contained office equipment with Booker’s name on it. The abortionist was beginning a five month prison sentence for tax evasion at the time that the bags were discovered.

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