BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1360
  1. Derek J Tuffnell

    Postmortem caesarean section

    I was just about to start an antenatal clinic when I was bleeped by the casualty consultant. He said that a woman who was 28 weeks pregnant had been found at home having hanged herself. The ambulancemen had performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her all the way to hospital in an attempt to keep the baby alive. “Would you like to deliver the baby? The mother is dead.”

    My thoughts were a little difficult to organise as I ran the 400 yards to the casualty department but ranged from, “This is pointless” to “I've got nothing to lose.” When I arrived the …

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