A 19-year-old Benedict College student bled to death in her dormitory room after delivering a 32 week-old stillborn fetus, the coroner confirmed Friday.
The unidentified freshman who was reportedly from California was found dead Tuesday in her dorm room were she lives alone, officials said.
“Had she had medical attention of any kind, she would have lived,” Richland County Coroner Gary Watts told The State newspaper.
Benedict, in downtown Columbia, is within a mile and half of three of South Carolina’s largest hospitals – Providence, Palmetto Baptist and Palmetto Richland.
It's unclear why the teen didn't call for help.
“She died from a loss of blood due to complications from child birth,” Mr. Watts said. “The student was approximately 32 weeks pregnant and sometime Saturday afternoon or early Sunday apparently delivered a stillborn fetus in her room.”
Mr. Watts told the paper that the delivery appeared to be a natural, or unforced, occurrence.
“There is no sign of any kind of intentional delivery or anything like that,” he said. “It appears to be some kind of spontaneous delivery.”
He said no foul play is suspected.
The Baptist-affiliated Benedict College, founded in 1870, is a historically black college and has about 3,200 students.
Earlier in the week, college officials released this statement:
“The Benedict College family is deeply saddened this evening about the unexpected loss of one of its students. Please join the Benedict College family in praying for our fallen Tiger and her family. President David H. Swinton along with the Campus Minister, Student Government Leaders, and the Director of Campus Counseling spoke with students this evening in Antisdel Chapel about the unfortunate incident.”
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