On March 5, 2000, Inés Ramírez Pérez of Rio de Talea, Mexico, became the first woman known to have survived a self-inflicted cesarean section. Ramírez drank three small glasses of hard liquor and sliced her abdomen in the right paramedial region with a kitchen knife, cutting the uterus longitudinally. She pulled a male infant from her uterus, who breathed immediately and cried.
Inés was alone in her rural cabin and felt labor begin midday. Her husband, who had assisted in six of her previous births, was drinking at a cantina. The town of Río de Talea, located in San Lorenzo Texmelúcan in the state of Oaxaca, had only one phone at the time. After twelve hours in labor and gripped with terror that this baby would suffer the same obstructed labor and death as her previous baby, Ramírez decided that she needed to bring him into the world as quickly as she could.
“I had seven children before Orlando. There was no problem with the births. But the eighth baby died. My waters broke and the midwife said I needed a caesarean but I couldn’t get to the hospital in time. I felt the baby struggling but then it stopped moving."
"When I was seven months pregnant with Orlando, one night the pain began. It was terrible. I couldn’t bear it. I started to panic. I knew I had to do something or this baby would die too. I knew I had to get it out somehow.”
Unbelievable story and very frightening.
Pain? What is that?
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