Woman SLICES OPEN a pregnant relative who had died in a doomed bid to save her unborn twins after hospital staff refused to help in Cameroon
This is the horrific moment a recently-deceased woman refused entry to a hospital in Cameroon was cut open with a razor blade in a desperate bid to save the lives of her unborn twins.
One of the babies was already dead, while the second was alive but died shortly after it was removed from the womb, it was claimed.
Gruesome mobile phone footage of the procedure – performed in the open air outside the medical facility – has shocked residents of the African country.
The incident occurred outside Douala’s Laquintini Hospital, in the second largest city of Douala, on March 11.
According to The BBC, Monique Koumateke, 31, was nearly full term when she was rushed to hospital after falling ill.
However, upon her arrival the midwife on duty said she was already dead and staff at the maternity ward and general hospital refused to help, her family claimed.
Her mother Marie Sen told the broadcaster: ‘The mortuary attendant even came and said the babies were still kicking inside the stomach.
‘We went to the maternity ward [again] but they chased us away.’
A relative of Ms Koumateke’s partner then decided to locate some razor blades and perform the drastic operation herself.
The horrific footage – which was later uploaded online – triggered the arrests of the woman who carried out the procedure, as well as several staff members at the hospital and morgue.
Police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Justice Ayah Paul Abine, one of the country’s Supreme Court Judges, later addressed the ‘sad’ incident on Facebook.
He stated the health minister’s claims that the hospital had done nothing wrong ‘begs for more questions that provides answers’.
He queried why the woman’s pulse was taken outside the hospital, and asked why several staff had been arrested if they had done nothing wrong.