Woman denied help gives birth on clinic lawn in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) - An indigenous woman squats in pain after giving birth, her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on the ground. It's a photograph that horrified Mexicans because of where it took place: the lawn outside a medical clinic where the woman had been denied help, and it struck a nerve in a country where inequity is still pervasive.
The government of the southern state of Oaxaca announced on Wednesday that it has suspended the health centre's director, Dr Adrian Cruz, while officials conduct state and federal investigations into the Oct 2 incident.
The mother, Ms Irma Lopez, 29, told The Associated Press that she and her husband were turned away from the health centre by a nurse who said she was only eight months pregnant and "still not ready" to deliver.
The nurse told her to go outside and walk, and said a doctor could check her in the morning, Ms Lopez said. But an hour and a half later, her water broke, and Ms Lopez gave birth to a son, her third child, while grabbing the wall of a house next to the clinic.