First Caesarian section

September 4, 2012 in Trivia

Mother and Newborn in HospitalQ: When was the first Caesarian section performed?

A: The first successful Caesarian section was performed in Charlemont, Ireland in January 1738. Mary Donally, a local widwife, performed the procedure after Alice O’Neal had been in labor for 12 days. Donally used a razor. She successfully birthed the child and held the incision closed with her hands while neighbors raced to get a tailor’s thread and needle. After stiching, Donally dressed the wound with egg white.

O’Neal made a rapid recovery, able to return to her daily routine after only 27 days. The child was healthy.