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October 13, 1906

CESAREAN SECTION PERFORMED BY A COW.

Author Affiliations

SALEM, OREGON.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210150048002g

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Abstract

[We recently received a newspaper clipping giving an account of a pregnant woman being gored by a cow, the abdominal walls and the uterus being lacerated so that the child was born. We wrote to Dr. Morse about the matter and he states that the newspaper account was correct. His report follows.—Ed.]

Mrs. W. E., aged 31, pregnant at full term with her third child, was standing in the road about 60 feet from the house, watching her husband unload hay from a wagon. A vicious two-year-old heifer charged her and inserted a very sharp horn into the abdomen near the anterior superior spinous process of the ilium. It penetrated the abdominal wall, uterus and membranes, but escaped the child. The point of the horn then emerged again just to one side and below the umbilicus. The result was two transverse rents, the upper one about 5 inches long

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