A NEWBORN baby’s head fell on the floor after it was torn from the rest of its body during a botched childbirth in Brazil.
Police are investigating after doctors made the 26-year-old mother give birth naturally even though it was previously recommended she undergo a cesarean section.
The incident took place at the Santa Casa de Misericordia hospital in the city of Belem, in the northern Brazilian state of Para, on Friday morning.
Relatives of the unnamed woman told local media that she had been advised to undergo a cesarean section, because of health problems with the foetus.
But medics at the hospital made her give birth naturally.
The woman’s 25-year-old husband said his partner was eight months’ pregnant and that she had arrived at the hospital from the city of Ourem by ambulance at about 6 am.
He told local media: "The doctor from Ourem sent her to Belem with a paper saying the baby could only be born if she were operated on."
According to the police report, the woman waited for over three hours before being taken to the delivery room to give birth naturally.
They pushed so hard that the head came into the nurse’s hand and then fell to the floor
The friend who had accompanied the woman to the hospital told relatives and police that she had advised the doctors numerous times that her friend could not undergo a natural birth.
But the husband told local media: "They didn’t listen and kept telling her to push.
"They pushed so hard that the head came into the nurse’s hand and then fell to the floor.
"They only operated afterwards to remove the rest of the body."
The friend told police that the delivery room was full of people in uniform who witnessed everything.
The woman was then sedated before being operated on to remove the rest of the baby’s body.
The friend also told the police that nurses detected the child’s heart beating twice.
But one of the health professionals allegedly claimed the baby was dead in the womb.
The husband has told local media that his wife, who has a nine-year-old son from another relationship, is being kept in hospital in a state of shock. She knows her child died, but not how.
A police report has been filed.
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