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Apr. 6th, 2004

04:09 pm - Mexican woman performs own Caesarean to save baby

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And some say women are too wimpy to be in the military....

Via zarex:

http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?id=2004040613310002434687&dt=20040406133100&w=RTR&coview=

Mexican woman performs own Caesarean to save baby

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman in Mexico gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarean 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 Caesarean section upon herself," Valle said.



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04/06/2004 13:31
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From:kitnish
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
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What an amazing person! Wow!
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From:cjsmith
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
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And some say women are too wimpy to be in the military....

After watching even a "normal, uncomplicated" vaginal birth, I think I'm too wimpy to be a woman. I must be male. ;-)

I wonder how this woman was able to see what she was doing, once the abdominal muscles got cut.
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From:crasch
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
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She probably couldn't see--I suspect that she felt her way in. Since I would wager that she expected to die anyway, she probably felt the risk of cutting the "wrong" thing was acceptable.
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From:cjsmith
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
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She probably couldn't see--I suspect that she felt her way in.

Yeah, I guess she'd've had to. Wow.
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From:gentlemaitresse
Date:April 6th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
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It's a good thing she and the baby are doing fine. My best guess, however, would be that she was unduly concerned about the welfare of herself and her baby, based on past birth experiences.

I won't get into more detail here unless you're curious why I'd say that, but I intend to post this story to another community. :-)

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From:jette
Date:April 6th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I think it was more the eight hour drive to the hospital.

Supposing it was because she was brainwashed by those horrible doctor men to only think she couldn't deliver vaginally really speaks more about your privileged preception of health care access than anything else.
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From:evelynne
Date:April 7th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
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Well, *I'm* curious, or I'd like to be linked to the post in the other community. When it comes to the welfare of her and her baby, I'm honestly having a hard time thinking of what could be worse (equally bad, sure, but worse?) than cutting one's own self open with a kitchen knife and hoping the nurse would show up in time to stitch me together.
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From:evelynne
Date:April 7th, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
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To be perfectly honest, I can't decide if she's brave or crazy. I mean, what if she sliced the kid's head off while she was doing this? Did she figure he was gonna die anyway, if she didn't do it? Also, why not head for the hospital as soon as she felt labor begin? She ended up there anyway. Why did she do it -- to save his life or her own, especially considering she had other kids? I need more details, or for somebody to tell me what I'm not considering.
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From:lemonhd
Date:April 7th, 2004 02:14 am (UTC)
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EEEGADS!!

I am unworthy.

;)
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From:evelynne
Date:April 7th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
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If anybody wants to pay thirty bucks for it, the article by Dr. Valle is available here.
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From:setigirl9
Date:April 7th, 2004 04:01 am (UTC)
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I'm curious - are you shouting dance or I'll fill ya' full of lead! in that icon? :)
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From:evelynne
Date:April 7th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
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No, I'm shooting roaches. ;)

Seriously, that was the first time I ever held a gun, and aiming it at the kitchen floor (there was an empty garage underneath) seemed to be the safest place to point it.

The gun was unloaded, but I was following two of the basic rules of firearm use: Assume every gun is loaded, and never point it at anything you're not prepared to destroy. Responsible gun owners (the only kind I associate with ;) never, ever, ever, let the muzzle of a gun point anywhere that it might hit a person.
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From:bhv
Date:April 7th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)

Between Dying and Doing the Impossible

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The dedication of the book, "The Flight of the Phoenix" reads as follows. "This book is dedicated to those people who when forced to choose between dying and doing the impossible, elect to live."

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0708911471/qid=1081304342/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-8879418-9619821?v=glance&s=books

This Mexican woman probably expected to die and she sure did the impossible. Wow I'm impressed!

Without good medial care many women die during childbirth. In fact my sister in law nearly died when giving birth to these twin girls I'm holding in this picture in spite of receiving great medical care.
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From:bhv
Date:April 7th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)

Between Dying and Doing the Impossible

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The dedication of the book, "The Flight of the Phoenix" reads as follows. "This book is dedicated to those people who when forced to choose between dying and doing the impossible, elect to live."

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0708911471/qid=1081304342/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-8879418-9619821?v=glance&s=books

This Mexican woman probably expected to die and she sure did the impossible. Wow I'm impressed!

Without good medial care many women die during childbirth. In fact my sister in law nearly died when giving birth to these twin girls I'm holding in this picture in spite of receiving great medical care.
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From:msmichelle
Date:April 7th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Late here but YES, AMAZING!!
I thought childbirth was hard enough but such fortitude and strength this new mom had. Moreso than any birthing story, ever.
Too wimpy for military. Bah!
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