A seriously ill woman who was denied an abortion by the Supreme Court in El Salvador has undergone a premature Caesarean section.
The 22-year-old woman, who has lupus and kidney problems, sought to end the pregnancy, which doctors said posed a serious risk to her life.
The foetus developed without a complete brain and skull and died shortly after birth.
Last week the supreme court upheld El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortions.
Health Minister Maria Isabel Rodriguez said the baby had died five hours after the C-section.
Doctors decided the procedure had become necessary when the woman started having contractions on Sunday night, Ms Rodriguez said.
She insisted that the medical intervention did not contravene the court ruling.
Under the ruling, she said, “mother had to be given all the necessary protection to save her life, while analysing how long one could wait and do the utmost to save the baby’s life”.
– BBC News