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A doctor and two nurses have denied killing a woman who died of blood loss after travelling to the UK from Ireland for an abortion.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji (63), Gemma Pullen (32), and Margaret Miller (55) pleaded not guilty to the gross negligence manslaughter of 32 year-old Aisha Chithira.

Ms Chithira was 22 weeks pregnant when she underwent the operation at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on June 21, 2012.

She collapsed several hours later while travelling in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire, and died of extensive internal bleeding.

Dr Adedeji and nurses Pullen and Miller stood in the dock of the Old Bailey in London yesterday to enter their pleas to the manslaughter charge.

All three also face a charge under the Health and Safety Act but pleas will not be entered on this count until another hearing in January next year.

The trial is due to take place at the Old Bailey on March 7 next year.

Dr Adedeji, of Hornchurch, Essex; Ms Pullen, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; and Ms Miller, of Camberley, Surrey, are all on bail.

Ms Chithira was born in Africa but was living in Ireland prior to her death.

Irish Independent

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