Family of Bakersfield Mother of Four Holds Car Wash to Raise Funds for Her Funeral; Discovers Her Doctor Has a History of Arrests and Negligence

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Bakersfield, CA – The family of 28-year-old Sabrina De La Rosa should be celebrating the birth of her baby boy Jaxx with Sabrina surrounded by her loving friends and family.  Instead, they are holding fundraisers to raise money to hold memorial services for the young mother of four.  Nine months pregnant De La Rosa was taken to Memorial Hospital – Bakersfield with labor pains.   Her family anxiously awaited the arrival of her child.  Instead, her family was left in shock when Baby Jaxx was brought into the world without his mother Sabrina to care for him.

Sabrina De La Rosa passed out and was found unresponsive after being given multiple doses of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl when she entered the hospital with early labor pains.  Doctors tried to revive her but abandoned life saving measures to save her baby.  An emergency C-section was conducted and Baby Jaxx was delivered a healthy baby boy while his mother died.

What Sabrina and her family did not know was that her OB-GYN Dr. Jason Helliwell had a record of criminal arrests, and a long list of disciplinary actions taken against his medical license.  Dr. Jason Helliwell is currently on probation with the Medical Board of California for sexual misconduct, gross negligence in the care of four patients, and repeated negligent acts and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of two patients.  This was not the first time that Dr. Helliwell’s medical license was disciplined.  He received a public letter of reprimand in June 2011.

Recently arrested in September 2019, Kern County Superior Court records show Dr. Helliwell’s long record of criminal charges ranging from grand theft property, scheming to defraud a health program, and conspiring to commit a crime.

Sabrina’s family is awaiting the results of an autopsy for answers about her death at the same time they are faced with planning a memorial service to honor her life.  The De La Rosa family will be hosting a car wash to help raise funds for the funeral this Saturday, January 18th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Freedom House at 527 Niles Street in Bakersfield.  Donations are also being accepted at Mission Funeral Home located at 531 California Avenue in Bakersfield.


Michele Monserratt-Ramos
Michele Monserratt-Ramos
Michele Monserratt-Ramos is the Kathy Olsen Patient Safety Advocate for Consumer Watchdog focusing on health care, patient safety, legislation, and regulatory board matters in California. She has 20 years experience working in the public interest. She is a statewide and national patient advocate and brings that experience to Consumer Watchdog leading the effort to organize advocates to work on medical board public policy, medical board sunset review, legislation, and public participation in legislative hearings.

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