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The Risks Of A Cesarean Section
National Public Radio

It happened almost a decade ago, while Dr. Salome Maswime was doing her medical internship at a small hospital in rural South Africa.

She was in a morning staff meeting when a junior doctor burst in, in a panic.

A young woman in need of an emergency cesarean section had reacted badly to the epidural, or spinal anesthetic, the doctors had administered. The anesthesia had spread farther than it was meant to.

“This was not an uncommon complication. We should have been prepared to manage this,” Maswime says. But they weren’t. “All of us at this hospital were quite junior — there were really no specialists.”