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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Have you ever heard such a horrifyig birthing story?

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Have you ever heard such a horrifyig birthing story?

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on May 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM
has this doctor never heard of a birth by c-section?
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on May 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM
I think this doctor is not only incompetent but sadistic! She should loose her medical license and never be allowed around patients of ANY age, pregnant or not, again! Actually she should be in jail for murder! What a psycho!
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on May 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM
this makes no sense! if the head was already out (which it had to be in order to be decapitated), how could removing it aid in the birth or affect the mother's life AT ALL???? the head is the biggest part! the "doctor" clearly is completely crazy/incompetent/a combo of both.
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on May 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM
I'm not a "mamaslatinas", I'm a papa married to a Latina. This was murder, pure & simple. There were other options open to the doctor plus, decapitation does not make the head smaller nor the shoulders narrower. My daughter was born by "C" section and that has become almost the norm in many areas. Apparently, that option was not even considered here. Why weren't they aware of the baby's size before delivery? Do they not have ultra-sound in the DR? Mi pésame a la familia.
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on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM
This is absolutely horrid! I can't not imagine the "Doctor's" justification is truthful. I've never heard of a child being decapitated during delivery let alone on purpose. And if it were a because of the mother's life was in danger, surely a Cesarean section would have sufficed. And if she decapitated the infant the head would have to be out of the vaginal opening already. Sounds like she messed up, by prematurely inducing the mother's delivery and tried to cover it up her mistake with beheading the child, and making up a horrible, inexcusable, quite ridiculous excuse.
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on Jul 26, 2013 at 4:03 AM
if she already had pushed the babies head out, then she could of delivered the rest, the head is usually the biggest part on the infant
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