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  • Mother used knife to perform Caesarean on herself

    7 April 2004

    A woman who performed a Caesarean section on herself with a kitchen knife has recovered after giving birth to a healthy boy.

    The 40-year-old drank three shots of spirits before cutting herself open. She lives in a rural area of Mexico without electricity, running water or sanitation and was an eight-hour drive from hospital.

    Before losing consciousness the woman, who had lost a previous baby through labour complications, told one of her other children to call a local nurse for help.

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...ing%20Standard
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    Woman gives herself a Caesarean

    Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK

    A woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarean on herself with a kitchen knife.

    It is thought to be the first known case of a self-inflicted Caesarean in which both the mother and baby survived.

    The unidentified 40-year-old, lived in a rural area of Mexico without electricity or running water, and eight hours from the nearest hospital.

    The International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics reported the case.

    The woman performed the operation when she could not deliver the baby naturally, having lost a previous baby due to labour complications.

    Hard liquor

    Dr R Valle, of the Dr Manuel Velasco Suarez Hospital in San Pablo, Mexico, said: "She took three small glasses of hard liquor and, using a kitchen knife, sliced her abdomen in three attempts and delivered a male infant that breathed immediately and cried."

    Before losing consciousness, the woman told one of her children to call a local nurse for help.

    After the nurse stitched the wound with a sewing needle and cotton thread, the mother and baby were transferred and treated by Dr Valle and his colleagues at the nearest hospital.

    "This case represents an unusual and extraordinary decision by a woman in labour who, unable to deliver herself spontaneously, and with no medical help or resources, decided to perform a caesarean section upon herself," he said.

    He added that a mother's instinct to save her child can move a woman to perform extraordinary acts but said it would not have been necessary if adequate medical care had been available.

    Professor James Walker, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at St James's University Hospital, Leeds, said he had heard of cases in the past where farmers had performed Caesareans on their wives after having previously carried out the operation on animals.

    But he said it would not happen now. "In this country, there is virtually never a situation when an individual is totally isolated from medical care even in the most outlying areas."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3606845.stm
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    • #3
      Mexican Woman Performs Own Caesarian to Save Baby

      Wed Apr 7, 1:45 PM ET
      Reuters

      LONDON (Reuters) - A woman in Mexico gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarian section on herself with a kitchen knife, doctors said Tuesday.

      The unidentified 40-year-old woman, who lived in a rural area without electricity, running water or sanitation and was an eight-hour drive from the nearest hospital, performed the operation when she could not deliver the baby naturally.

      She had lost a previous baby due to labor complications.

      "She took three small glasses of hard liquor and, using a kitchen knife, sliced her abdomen in three attempts ... and delivered a male infant that breathed immediately and cried," said Dr R.F. Valle, of the Dr. Manuel Velasco Suarez Hospital in San Pablo, Mexico.

      Valle recounted the event in a report in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

      Before losing consciousness, the woman told one of her children to call a local nurse for help. After the nurse stitched the wound with a sewing needle and cotton thread, the mother and baby were transferred and treated by Valle and his colleagues at the nearest hospital.

      "This case represents an unusual and extraordinary decision by a women in labor who, unable to deliver herself spontaneously, and with no medical help or resources, decided to perform a Caesarian section upon herself," Valle said.

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        Mexican woman gives herself C-section, doctors report


        April 7, 2004
        BY LINDSEY TANNER ASSOCIATED PRESS

        A woman in southern Mexico cut open her own womb with a knife and delivered a healthy baby boy in her rural home when problems developed during childbirth, doctors report in a medical journal.

        The woman and her son, her ninth child, both survived despite an eight-hour car ride to the nearest hospital and waiting several hours for medical care once there, said co-author Dr. Rafael Valle, a Northwestern University obstetrician who said he learned about the case from a colleague in Mexico.

        "She was asked, 'Why did you do that, do you know you could have died?' She said, 'Yes, but I wanted to save my baby,"' Valle said Wednesday.

        "This is heroic to me," said Valle, who wrote the report with his colleague and two doctors who treated the woman at a rural hospital in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

        Valle said the case underscores the tragedy of lack of access to medical care that many people face worldwide.

        "The main point of my article," he said, "is to make people aware that things like this should never happen."

        The woman involved was 40, living in a dirt-floored house with no running water or electricity, and had previously experienced the death of a baby during childbirth, the authors said.

        She was home alone when she went into labor, and fearing the same thing would happen when it appeared childbirth was not progressing, she decided to perform the crude C-section. She drank three small glasses of hard liquor first to numb the pain, he said.

        "Rather than experience fetal death in utero again, she used her skills at slaughtering animals," the report said. "Apparently, she did not bleed excessively and asked one of her children to call a local nurse for help before she lost consciousness."

        The nurse stitched up the woman's abdomen with an ordinary needle and thread, and the mother and baby were taken to Hospital General Dr. Manuel Velasco Suarez in San Pablo, eight hours away.

        The incident happened about two years ago, Valle said. His report appears in the March issue of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, published by the London-based International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

        The article includes photographs of the woman's incision and of surgery used in the hospital to repair the wound.

        While the incident sounds far-fetched, Valle said, "This is not a hoax."

        The authors said there are other cases of women attempting the same thing, but none they could find in which the mother and child survived.

        http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/csection07.html
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        • #5
          Proof That Women Are Not The "Weakest" Sex
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          • #6
            i must say in all honesty, that woman is a hero in my book
            .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
            نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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            • #7
              the bond that Allah has established between mother and child is a blessing that we will never appreciate fully. most mothers would risk their own lives for their children.

              and not only humans. on the news they had this cat that kept going into a burning building to carry out her trapped kittens, one by one in her mouth. she kept getting burned over and over, and still kept going back in to save her babies. when she was finished saving them, rescue workers took them in. she burned her ears off and most of her fur and tail off. amazing.

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              • #8
                wow

                omg
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                • #9
                  so let us treat our mothers good because they love us well.
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                  • #10
                    :shock: Brave woman.....
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