This is the horrific moment a recently-deceased woman refused entry to a hospital in Cameroon was cut open with a razor blade in a desperate bid to save the lives of her unborn twins.
One of the babies was already dead, while the second was alive but died shortly after it was removed from the womb, it was claimed.
Gruesome mobile phone footage of the procedure – performed in the open air outside the medical facility – has shocked residents.
The incident occurred outside Douala’s Laquintini Hospital, in the second largest city of Douala, on March 11.
According to The BBC, Monique Koumateke, 31, was nearly full term when she was rushed to hospital after falling ill.
However, upon her arrival the midwife on duty said she was already dead and staff at the maternity ward and general hospital refused to help, her family claimed.
Her mother Marie Sen told the broadcaster: ‘The mortuary attendant even came and said the babies were still kicking inside the stomach.
‘We went to the maternity ward [again] but they chased us away.’
A relative of Ms Koumateke’s partner then decided to locate some razor blades and perform the drastic operation herself.
The horrific footage – which was later uploaded online – triggered the arrests of the woman who carried out the procedure, as well as several staff members at the hospital and morgue.
Police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing.