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Botched Abortion Victim's Family Seeks Retribution

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The attorney representing the family of a woman allegedly murdered by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell says the doctor must be held accountable. Attorney Bernie Smalley has filed a civil suit in the case.

Doctor Kermit Gosnell and two employees have been charged with the murder of Karnamaya Mongar, who died from an overdose of anesthesia allegedly administered by an unlicensed employee.

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Attorney Bernie Smalley, of Anapol Schwartz, says Mongar and her family, husband and three children, were refugees from Bhutan who had immigrated to the United States last spring. She died five months later during an abortion because the doctor allegedly failed to provide proper care before, during or after the procedure.

"We have brought a claim, not only for compensatory damages, but also for punitive damages to punish this man for what he did to this family," said Smalley.

Karnamaya Mongar was 41-years-old.

Reported By Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio; Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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