Woman Performs Self-Cesarean Section

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  1. KD

    KD Gone fishing

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    Alone in her one-room cabin high in the mountains of southern Mexico, Ines Ramirez Perez felt the pounding pains of a child insistent on entering the world.
    The sun had set hours ago. The nearest clinic was 80km away over rough roads, and her husband, her only assistant during a half-dozen previous births, was drinking at a cantina. She had no phone and neither did the cantina.
    So at midnight, after 12 hours of constant pain, the petite, 40-year-old mother of six sat down on a low wooden bench. She took several gulps from a bottle of rubbing alcohol, grabbed a 15-cm knife and began to cut.
    By the light of a single dim bulb, Ramirez sawed through skin, fat and muscle before reaching inside her uterus and pulling out her baby boy. She says she cut his umbilical cord with a pair of scissors, then passed out.
    Ramirez said she thinks she operated on herself for about an hour before extricating her child and then fainting. When she regained consciousness, she wrapped a sweater around her bleeding abdomen and asked her 6-year-old son, Benito, to run for help. Several hours later, Cruz and a second healthworker found Ramirez alert and lying beside her live baby.
    Cruz sewed her 17-cm incision up with a regular needle and thread. The two men lifted mother and child onto a thin straw mat, lugged them up horse paths to the town's only road, then drove them to the clinic over two hours away.
    Ines Ramirez is recognised internationally as a modern miracle: She is believed to be the only woman known to have performed a successful Caesarean-section on herself.
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  3. Delli

    Delli Talks too much

    OMG, and i thought i was having a bad day!!
  4. KD

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    :D Me too. Some people are incredible aren't they.
  5. sonban

    sonban Addicted to Minimins

    Cor blimey she has got some guts.....:eek:
  6. Russiandoll

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    Holy Moly!!
    I get tears in my eyes plucking my eyebrows!!
  7. Delli

    Delli Talks too much

    its amazing what people can do in extreme circumstances
  8. Mini

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    What an incredible woman:happy096:

    Thanks KD for that terrific story, it makes the rest of my day look so easy:D

    Love Mini xxx
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    Flippin' heck, that is amazing, mad but amazing.
  11. AmandaJayne

    AmandaJayne Trainee Maintainer

    "I get tears in my eyes plucking my eyebrows!! "

    Ouch, Russiandoll! I have to get a 'surgeon' at my local hairdressers to do the deed.

    I do remember giving birth and visualising cutting the baby out with a knife to 'speed the process up a bit'. I figured it couldn't be more painful than the birthing process.

    I can understand how this woman felt, she was taking a huge risk with her health, but must have felt that it was the only option to save the baby or herself.

    Thanks for posting this story KD, it is just the thing to help me to count my blessings.
  12. Fuzzys Angel

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    OMG!!!! :eek: WHAT MORE CAN YOU SAY! xx
  13. Flabbyfay

    Flabbyfay Silver Member

    OMG!!!!!!!! i was scared sh**less when i had my c section with my twins :eek: No way on gods earth would i have done it myself !!!!
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  15. missymoo

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    Wow!!! Crikey!!!
  16. Ajax

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    WOW What an amazing lady, so brave!! Congratulations to her!! Would love to have seen her at my NCT classes!!
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