Okay. I need to be clear that I have not read the actual books, but I read this version from someone who claims they did.
They said that the real lady was found near death after the botched abortion and taken for medical care. She survived, however, the baby also survived, though the medical staff for some reason did not know. Which is odd. She and her husband kept it a secret and they delivered the baby when it was born in secret. Later, they called the medical staff who found the baby dead in a pan. The couple was not prosecuted because they could not prove the baby was born alive. No one but the couple knows what really happened.