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article imageDoctor loses his license after aborting wrong fetus

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Apr 16, 2010 in Crime
Dr. Matthew J. Kachinas an ob-gyn from Sarasota FL has lost his medical license for aborting the wrong fetus in January 2006.
Sarasota, FL-- Florida officials took Dr. Matthew J. Kachinas license away on April 12, 2010 for aborting the wrong twin.
A woman who is only identified as K.M. conceived twins through in vitro fertilization.
When K.M. was around four months pregnant she learned the male fetus had some health problems which included a possible heart defect and Downs syndrome. The other twin, a female, appeared to be healthy.
Doctors who had counseled her told her that "selective termination" was an option, a procedure where a chemical injection terminates one fetus in a multiple pregnancy. Dr. Kachinas had performed abortions before but never this type but agreed to do it.
Kachinas informed the patient and her husband that he had never done this procedure but they asked him to go ahead and do it. reports that Kachinas said he took his time examining the twins. He thought he had identified the fetus with abnormalities before he aborted it.
K.M. returned to the doctors who were monitoring her pregnancy about 10 days later. The ultrasound revealed the male fetus was still alive. Several days later she went back to Kachinas to have the second twin aborted.
Kachinas plans to appeal his license being revoked. He said during his testimony in November, "I am haunted every day by the outcome on this case."
According to the national statistics show that 80-90 percent of babies carrying the genetic markers for Down syndrome are aborted.
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