Thursday, April 8, 2004

Don’t Try This At Home

From the Sun-Sentinel:

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

“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 reported the incident 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, the mother and baby were transferred and treated by Valle and his colleagues at the nearest hospital.

Ouch.