07 September, 2017
The medical consensus was that the baby should've been born via c-section, and while she agreed with them, her family opposed the procedure.
However, the woman's family insisted on a natural birth, repeatedly refusing to give their permission for a cesarean, the statement said, adding that the woman herself twice came out of the maternity ward on Thursday to plead with her family, explaining to them that the pain was becoming just too much for her to bear. According to a statement from the hospital that has since gone viral, when examined by doctors, Ma was told by doctors that "the large fetal head circumference meant that vaginal delivery would have been very risky". The family, however, blames the hospital. The woman, meanwhile, also tried to convince her family members, but failed.
A report by South China Morning Post states that the family insisted on a natural birth.
However, a hospital spokesperson said that the husband's account did not agree with the facts, claiming that the man had never once given permission for the operation.
These are two typical reactions among a flood of social media comments (in Chinese) regarding the heartbreaking story of a heavily pregnant woman who jumped to her death from the fifth floor of a hospital building, where she was giving birth, after her husband's family refused to allow her to have a C-section. But what could have led a seemingly happy mother-to-be to jump to her death, killing herself and her unborn child? To prove the hospital's innocence, the spokesman told the media that there is surveillance footage showing Ma walking out of the ward and kneeling by her husband's family, begging for a cesarean surgery. As her husband allegedly refused to let her have a c-section, she decided labor pain was so intense that she could not live with it. Caesarean procedures carry a slightly higher risk than natural births, and can cause a ruptured uterus, or a low-lying placenta, both of which risk causing complications for future pregnancies.
On Wednesday morning, Ma's family and the hospital were still in dispute about the events leading up to Ma's death.
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Yan also stated that, on two occasions, he gave permission to the doctors to perform a C-section, but that he was told it would no longer be necessary as delivery would happen soon naturally.
As the Chinese law requires the family of a pregnant woman to consent to surgery to allow doctors to operate, the hospital could not take any action as the family kept declining their requests.
The hospital has refuted Yan's claims, noting that he signed a waiver declaring he comprehended his wife's condition and the possible ramifications of not following the doctors' recommendation to have a caesarean.
But doctors can make decisions without consent in emergencies. Another commented: "A sinful family".
Another commenter called Ma's family members worse than human, calling them for them to charged with a crime over her tragic death. One user remarked, "Besides the pregnant woman, there's no need to ask anyone else their opinion".