Doctor decapitates baby during childbirth...on purpose

So many things can go wrong when giving birth, but I had no idea that a baby could or would be voluntarily decapitated by a doctor. Cruz María García of the Dominican Republic went to see her gynecologist Ángela Milqueya Sánchez two weeks before her third child was due to be born. The doctor admitted García because of elevated blood pressure. This birthing story has a terrible ending.


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As Cruz María García was giving birth, her baby was intentionally decapitated by Ángela Milqueya Sánchez. The reasoning the doctor gave was that the baby was too large and decapitation was the only way to save the mother's life. What?! I've never heard of such a thing. I didn't even know that decapitation of an infant would ever be condsidered as an option during a complication of labor. Ángela Milqueya Sánchez insists that she did what was necessary ... and maybe that is true, but by all accounts her beside manner and level of compassion are reprehensible. At one point after the baby's death, she is said to have come in and told García that there was no reason for her to cry as she could have more babies.

Really, there is no reason for a mother who just lost her baby because you decapitated it to cry? Really?

Watching Cruz María García retell her story is excruciating. I can't even begin to imagine her pain. Looking at images of the dead baby is not something to take lightly.

Ángela Milqueya Sánchez has been suspended from the hospital in the Dominican Republic pending an investigation. The family has not yet filed malpractice charges. Perhaps they need a moment to deal with their grief.

Regardless of whether the doctor did what was medically necessary of not, I hope the investigation into her actions is fair and thorough because you can't just take the decapitating of a baby as standard procedure and move on.

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