The daughter and brother of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, the woman who died from a botched abortion by Kermit Gosnell, testified against the doctor on Tuesday. Mongar died from an overdose of Demerol, which Gosnell and unlicensed assistants used to anesthetize her.
Mongar and her husband had three children; they came to the United States in 2009 after the government granted them entrance to the country. Prior to that, they were living in a refugee camp in Nepal for over 18 years.
Her daughter, Yashoda Gurung, wanted her mother to have the baby, but Mongar told her it was not possible.
“She said, ‘We’re just getting started here,'” said Gurung.
Mongar’s brother, Damber Ghalley, testified next. He described to the jury the chaos after his sister died as firefighters “had to use bolt cutters to open the emergency exit leading to a ramp to the sidewalk” as they attempted to save Mongar’s life.
When Ghalley asked Gosnell what happened, “He said the procedure was done but you sister’s heart stopped,” he testified.
Gosnell is charged with one count of third-degree murder in Mongar’s death.