Pregnant woman jumps to death after husband and mother-in-law repeatedly disapprove of a C-section

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A heavily pregnant woman in China had jumped to her death from a hospital window after her family repeatedly refused to allow her to have a cesarean section, despite doctor recommended so thrice.

The 26-year-old woman, Ms Ma, arrived at the maternity ward of a hospital in Yulin, Shaanxi province last Wednesday (August 30), with a 41-week pregnancy. According to a statement from the hospital, published by China Business News, doctors had examined Ms Ma and found that the fetal head was too large, suggesting that a vaginal delivery would likely be risky. Therefore, they recommended a C-section, according to media reports from China.

However, Ms Ma’s family insisted on a natural birth, refusing to give their permission for a cesarean.

Under Chinese law, medical institutions must get consent from patients and a signature from a family member before any medical surgery is carried out, based on a regulation released by the State Council, China’s Cabinet.

The hospital had repeatedly attempted to get the family to grant consent for the operation, but to no avail, said South China Morning Post.

According to a CCTV footage, Ms Ma had walked out of maternity ward and knelt down to her husband’s family twice, due to the excruciating pain she was going through. Still, the family refused to relent.

The first time Ma pleaded her family
The second time Ma pleaded her family

At around 8 p.m., Ms Ma jumped from a fifth-floor window of the ward, killing herself and her foetus. Police have ruled that it was a suicide.

Readers have speculated that the refusal is due to financial considerations, as a C-section is significantly more expensive than a natural delivery. This is more prominent in rural regions where majority are not covered by health insurance, which is often subscribed by established companies for their staffers.

The incidence has highlighted that women are still sexually objectified, attracting widespread backlash amongst Chinese netizens and Weibo users who were all up in arms to express their shock and anger towards the tragedy.

“Besides the pregnant woman, there’s no need to ask anyone else their opinion,” reads one Weibo comment with more than 40,000 likes.

“A married woman is a machine for producing babies, how can people still be so ignorant these days!” expressed another comment.

Meanwhile, others have called for the family to face punishment for their refusals.

Today, the family is contesting the hospital’s account of what actually happened.

Ms Ma’s husband, Mr Yan Zhuangzhuang, told the reporters that the hospital is to be blamed, as they assured him the foetus was on the way to be out.

“We didn’t refuse their request for a C-section. We always agree with them.” said the husband, who was criticised for appearing aloof despite his wife’s mishap.

Netizens disagreed, as logically speaking, hospitals are more ready for a cesarean section than anything, to minimise unhappiness and risks of their patients.

It has reported that the hospital had written a statement to warn the condition of Ms Ma, describing Ms Ma’s abnormal umbilical chord, asymmetrical head basin, obstructive dystocia, foetal distress and many other anomalies.

In return, Ms Ma’s family had signed off with “syntocinon drip is requested, with understanding of any accidents.” (shown below).

Ma’s family had requested twice for a natural delivery

Some netizens have remarked that syntocinon drip would have caused more pain on Ms Ma as she already had severe uterine contractions.

However, consent had been signed 28 hours before the tragedy took place, shifting skepticism towards loopholes from the hospital, such as their shortfall in failing to prevent suicide from happening.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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78 comments

  1. May Chong says:

    What kinda sick law is this? Seriously, some men should go through a contraction challenge to know how extremely painful a woman feel during labour so that they don’t act like assholes towards their wife and learn how to respect women. This chinese family deserve horrible karma!

  2. Peter Lim says:

    The law of consent is ridiculous in China; why do you need the consent of the families when the patient is capable of giving consent! She is an adult and clearly she understands her own position better than the family members! Crazy!

  3. Low Jasper says:

    Inhuman
    Beast families
    Stone heart.
    What is more important than life of a pregnant woman and a baby???

    All gals should skip marry into this beast family as they had thrown away their privilege to have offspring

  4. In China, men seems superior. Their advancement in technology far outstrip their outdated muddled headed thinking. This is really sad. This is another sick example. If a motor vehicle knocks someone and the victim is not dead, the driver will do whatever necessary to Ensure the victim must be dead. Stupid law and inhumane brains!

    1. Steven Lee says:

      We don’t tell people to jump but in this case I think he should …
      real bird brain ..
      Now no wife no baby !
      Let justice be done on the family for treating her like that..

  5. Simply obvious Husband & his mother are brainless and they never loved her or treasure the unborn baby’s safety /life !!!

    He and his Mother are F……. inhuman.
    They should be punished for their selfishness and they are accountable for pushing her to wit’s end that she feels death is the only way out!!!
    Unforgivable idiots !!!

    1. When there is difficulty in child birth, C-Sect is recommended & required.
      In cases where baby’s hands or legs comes out first &/ or Mother is unable to push etc etc.
      Any delay in getting the child out of d mother’s stomach can cause the baby some damages – brain damage, lack of oxygen, death etc etc

      Not letting the child be born thru C-Sect as advised by the doctor may kill the baby &/or the Mother.

      Disgusting Husband & his Mother.

      Now 2 lives hv been lost bcos of their stupidity, stubbornness, selfishness & viciousness.

  6. Ah Soh says:

    What type of family is this. Hospistal should have the legal right to overrule the family decision because of danger to patient and the unborn. The foetus of 41weeks was already more than 280 days and due for delivery.

  7. Asian culture is so backwards and so stupid! You would think that the life of the mother and baby should come ahead of any other issues they may have! The husband and mother in law should be responsible for her and her baby’s death! Hope they’ll regret their stupidity and ignorance for the rest of their lives!

  8. Ah Soh says:

    From “smart naton”, this type of this thing happening? Our PM in his National Day Rally still quoted it as being progressive? My foot! Hospital and government condoning this type of practices resulting in unnecessary death of mother and unborn? 正的是神经病!

  9. Johnny Tan says:

    Is she a minor? Why need their consent? How can the hospital let her leave while she’s in labor? There are certainly more to it… hope she RIP.
    Is it possible that she’s still able to leave the ward unassisted while in labor?

  10. The husband and his families simply doesn’t appreciate that the lady needs to carry her pregnancy for more than 48 months. Poor lady. RIP. Luckily it’s not happening in Singapore .

  11. 黄儿 says:

    This Chinese family is just taking the woman as a tool for giving birth. I do not know if the baby is a boy and a girl as it wasn’t indicated in the news. I can speculate that the baby she is carrying is a girl but not a boy. To them, at that point, though the woman is in pain, and anyway, it is going to be a baby girl not a boy, so who cares to consider the risk of her life? With this happening, who knows they feel even much happier because the husband can get to marry another young lady to give birth to a gender they prefer. Assholes!

  12. From the story her husband didnt love his wife .
    He not a man he is his mother f. Assholes
    Very sad for yhe ladies RIP
    I hope she can kick her in law n her husband in their dream .

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