Wow ... I can't imagine doing any kind of surgery on myself, much less a C-section!
I know, right? i was sure happy I couldn't feel below my shoulders for mine.
Granted, I can't imagine a C-section performed on me by anyone, given that I lack the prerequisite internal organs ... ;-)
But, yeah, that's just insane! It's amazing she survived!
It's really amazing. The only one in the world to have done so, and she had n medical training. That's a complete miracle.
both are amazing...but the self c-section just astounds me.
I know. I googled it to make sure it was real. lol. ;) Hence why I posted to the wiki article.. figuring no one would believe me!
Heh, I certainly wouldn't've without proof. :-) That just sounds impossible. :)
Exactly! Fascinating though. I bet the Doctors were scratching their heads. lol
What's really amazing about that is that it wasn't until late medieval times that c-sections were used for anything but a last-ditch effort to save the child after the mother had died in childbirth. And not until the 19th century that it had better than a 50% survival rate. And then for a peasant woman with no medical training to do it on herself and survive? Incredible! Granted, the article did say that doctors attended her after the fact.
Yeah, and that it was the position she was in that put most things in the right place for the at-home surgery. I'd say she was being watched over that day!
That ballet was amazing - I cried throughout. :)
The c-section was astounding - she is so lucky to have survived.
I definitely teared up, too!
Agreed! And her baby too!
Self surgery is possible (depending on what you are trying to do), and there are people who have done it and been just fine afterwards.
But I've never heard of anything like this. The fact that this woman had no medical training, and was completely alone at the time makes this incredible. It was still a very foolish thing to do though.
Agreed, but it's possible she would have died without the assistance, given her history. It's crazy she survived it.
Really? Interesting!! Do you know the history behind the choice of the name?
"The ancient Roman law code, known as lex caesaria (the "Law of the Caesars"), sometimes ordered this procedure in an attempt to save the baby. It is the law's name that is the probable source of the operation's name, not the legend about the unlikely surgical birth of emperor Julius Caesar"http://www.discoveriesinmedicine.com/Bar-Cod/Cesarean-Section.html
I was at a Division 2 softball tournament and there was a left fielder with only one arm
How'd he/she do? That's really cool.
I didn't get to see too much of her. She would catch the ball and like toss it into the air, tuck her glove, and then throw it. She batted right and left handed lol. Apparently she was good
That video was beautiful! It's amazing what people can do to overcome challenges, even the challenge of dancing with missing appendages.
I know! Very inspiring. Did you tear up? :) I did!
I agree. It made me cry, but in a good way.
Both stories -- how brave!
Wow. That ballet was beautiful. (And it's nice to see healthy-looking ballerinas, too.)
I can understand why that woman did the c-section on herself, after having had one child die. Brave. And luckier than hell.
2008-03-10 01:21 am (UTC)
Cool story on the ballet dancers! Too awesome. If only more of us tapped such powers within ourselves. Wow. Just, wow.
Whew! That's really amazing that she performed the C-section on herself! She is freaking hardcore. HARD. CORE.
Right!?! Incredible on both counts!!
WHOA. I find it hard enough to dance with all my limbs.
One lucky woman on that occasion... I can understand not wanting to lose another child, it's one of the worst thing you can experience and yep, I'd do anything never to go there again...
*hugs* I'm sorry for your loss.
I wonder what would have happpened to her other 6 ( or 7?) children had she died from the procedure.
Thanks :) It's all on my blog if you ever feel you want to know about it, long time ago but it never quite goes away. It's not an easy story but it does have it's happy parts :)
As to her other children, it's difficult... you'd never want to leave them but there's an irrationality to it that makes sense at the time - if you were to lose another baby everyone loses you to grief and pain so the ramifications are of little consequence. Also there are others who can care for your living children but none who can replace the child you lost. None of it makes sense except when you're living it.
*nod* I was very fortunate after a very difficult pregnancy for both my son and I to come out alive, I can't imagine having lost my child. I am so sorry for your loss. I will definitely take a look at your story if you're open to it. All the best to you.
Preforming, a c-section on yourself is insane. But I can understand she was desperate. What I don't understand is why her husband was out drinking for so long. Also if I was in her position I would have sent my son out for help before I started the procedure, not afterward. She was really lucky. So many things could have gone wrong. But some people have survived worse situations. Willpower is important.
It's amazing the things the human body can accomplish.
as someone who danced for the majority of my life, i want to thank you for sharing that video with me. :)