Pregnant Irma Lopez and her husband walked for miles in the dark to reach a Mexican clinic. She was about to give birth and desperately needed help. When the Mazatec couple arrived, they faced cruelty they could have never expected.
So they had to resort to something unthinkable.
Irma was in labor when she was turned away from a Mexican hospital by the nurses. Soon after their callous act, she was forced to give birth on the lawn outside of the medical center.
She and her husband were turned away from the hospital because a nurse claimed she wasn”t ready to give birth, even though she was fully dilated.
Health director Adrian Rene Cruz Cabrera has since been suspended.
In Mexico, hundreds of women still die during childbirth or during pregnancy.
“I didn”t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain,” she said. Not only was it embarrassing, painful and unsafe, she was completely alone for the birth. Her husband went in search of a nurse while she was clutching the side of the building, pushing with every contraction.
Oaxaca is one of Mexico”s poorest states. Countless women have died from hemorrhaging or preeclampsia. Because of Mexico”s healthcare system, many pregnant women are left to fend for themselves.
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