What Is Uterine Rupture? Woman Nearly Dies Due To Pregnancy Complication

Henrietta Strickland
October 12, 2017

A heavily pregnant Chinese mother is lucky to be alive after her unborn toddler kicked her womb so hard the uterus wall was ruptured, leaving the baby's leg dangling outside the womb. Zhang was 35 weeks pregnant when she was brought to the hospital.

The woman, identified only as Zhang, experienced a case that her hospital called "extremely rare" when her unborn daughter kicked hard enough to tear through a wound on the wall of her uterus, according to Daily Mail.

Both the baby and the mother are said to be doing well, according to a report in the UK's Sun.

Uterine rupture in pregnancy is rare and very risky, according to Medscape. In case of a complete rupture, the tear goes through all the walls of the uterus which can be risky not only for the baby but for the mother as well.

In 2016, a woman in France experienced a similar uterine rupture, where her baby's feet popped out of her womb through a 1 inch tear.

They made a decision to perform the emergency C-section, and the baby was delivered 10 minutes later.

In Zhang's case, she told the doctors that she had developed tumors in the uterus after which she had them surgically removed. Shortly after her surgery, she got pregnant.

The woman's risk for uterine rupture was reportedly increased because she had five previous c-sections. A strong kick let out by her unborn child triggered the situation and tore the woman's uterus, causing her severe abdominal pain.

The Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, however, has declined to give more details of the operation as well as Ms Zhang's recovering progress due to "privacy issues".

Reports claim the foetus' leg had opened a wound on Zhang's uterus wall left by an operation past year to remove a fibroid. "This left her with the threat of suffering an infection, a hemorrhage, or even losing the baby", Metro News reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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