June 27, 2018 By Christian Murray
A Flushing doctor who had a medical practice on Main Street has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide following the death of a patient stemming from a botched abortion.
Robert Rho, 55, who had a practice at the now defunct Liberty Women’s Health of Queens, performed an abortion on July 9, 2016, where he perforated the victim’s uterine wall, caused a laceration to her cervix and disrupted her uterine artery—resulting in heavy bleeding.
Despite her excessive bleeding and her deteriorating condition, Rho encouraged her to leave his 37-01 Main St. practice and did not provide adequate care, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
“This was a very sad case,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “A 30-year-old woman, who had recently graduated from college and had her whole life ahead of he, died as a result of this botched procedure. The doctor has accepted responsibility and admitted his failure to provide adequate care following surgery.”
The victim left the facility and passed out in the backseat of a car while being driven to her Bronx home by her sister. She was taken to a Bronx hospital where she was treated for vaginal bleeding and given six units of blood but it was not enough. She died that night.