The Woman Who Performed Caesarian Section On Herself (And Survived!)
On March of 2000, a 40-year-old pregnant woman named Ines Ramirez Perez, living in a rural area of southern Mexico, was alone in her one-room cabin when her labour pains started.
As she could not deliver the baby normally, and there was no adult around to help her, and the nearest hospital was miles away in the city, she decided to operate on herself.
What really pushed her to do the self-caesarian was when she noticed that the baby movements inside started to stop. Having lost her previous baby to labour complications like this, Ramirez was desperate not to lose another child.
So, she sat down on a low wooden bench, took several gulps from a bottle of alcohol, grabbed a 6-inch knife that she used for butchering animals and sliced her abdomen to carry out the world’s only known successful, self-performed caesarean section. She pulled out her baby boy from her uterus, who then breathed immediately and cried.
Ramirez carried out this C section operation on herself for about an hour, and at some point of time, either before fainting or after regaining her consciousness, she wrapped a sweater around her abdomen area and sent her son, Benito out for help. Hours later, couple of health workers came to her rescue, sewed up the seven inch incision using a regular needle and cotton thread, and took her to a hospital in the city. Everyone at the hospital was amazed that Ramírez was not in shock and was conscious. Ramírez said,
“I couldn’t stand the pain anymore,” she said. “And if my baby was going to die, then I decided I would have to die, too. But if he was going to grow up, I was going to see him grow up and I was going to be with my child. I thought that God would save both our lives.”
According to Dr. Galván who examined Ramírez after she was brought to the hospital, Ramírez’ life might have been spared as she sat forward in what he called the traditional Indian birthing position. Due to this, her uterus was directly under the skin and she did not cut her intestines.