Monday, December 15, 2008

Amazing Mom Performs Self C-Section


Thanks to Anesthesioboist for pointing me to this amazing story that I just have to share.

Ines Ramirez Perez was in labor, alone in a one room cabin in the mountains of Rio Talea, Mexico, with no one to help. The nearest clinic was 80km away and she had 12 hours of constant pain. Since she had delivered a dead baby three years earlier, she decided she did not want to deliver another dead baby and she would rather die herself.

So Ines grabbed a 15cm kitchen knife, took several gulps from a bottle of alcohol and...are you ready?... she gave herself a C-section and delivered a baby boy. She cut a 17 cm vertical incision next to her naval from her sternum to her pubic bone. (A usual c-section is 10 cm cut horizontally low on the abdomen.)

She cut the umbilical cord with a pair of scissors and fainted. When she awoke she wrapped a towel around her abdomen and sent her 6 year old boy to get a neighbor. The neighbor was a village health assistant who sutured her up with a needle and thread. Two other neighbors carried the mom and her new baby to the towns only road and drove them to the clinic over two hours away, where she underwent surgical repair. Seven days later she underwent a 2nd surgery to repair damage to her intestines.

That was eight years ago and she has a healthy boy now. It comes as no surprise that she also had a tubal ligation.

She is believed to be the only woman who has successfully performed a self C-section.
(For a more detailed report of the story go here)

For those of you who have never seen a C-section, it is major surgery. There are several layers of skin, fat and muscle that need to be opened before you even see the uterus. The uterus must be carefully opened and the baby pulled out. Even under the best of circumstances there is significant blood loss.

This is a big wow. It shows how resilient women are.

15 comments:

Sonnet said...

Amazing!!!

tracy said...

Wow. You go mom, you rock! To put it mildly!

tracy said...

The article says she drank rubbing alcohol...how did she not suffer very serious effects from that?

Toni Brayer MD said...

tracy:
I researched a bit more on this story before I blogged on it and there was some dispute as to whether it was rubbing alcohol or just hard liquor. Since isopropyl alcohol is quite toxic, I am presuming it was liquor. The event occurred about 8 years ago and was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004 so some of the details are left a bit open.

jobb said...

Another interesting and often amazing revelation from Dr. Toni. Thanks.

tracey said...

Dr Toni - you may have already sen this story but I thought of your blog when I read it
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/18297954/detail.html
tracey

medaholic said...

The extremes mothers will go for their children...

ERP said...

Although, if she had died after the section, her baby would probably have died also. She could always get pregnant again and when it was close to 9 months, she could have journeyed somewhere near the clinic. Probably would have been better to just deliver the dead baby than inviscerate oneself.

Anonymous said...

Crazy crazy CRAZY WOMAN - why didn't she get theneighbour earlier!? absolutely crazy bonkus

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