HORTENCIA was pregnant with her fourth child when her husband took her to the hospital in Pachuca, Hidalgo. She was told she had high blood pressure, but they just wrapped her feet and sat her in a wheelchair for the night. She never stabilized. After she became unresponsive, she was transferred to the General Hospital, where she died of eclampsia. The doctors performed an emergency C-section and her son was born with severe psychomotor disabilities. Hortencia’s children and husband have been seeking justice for her completely preventable death for four long years.
Image | Women wait outside the Women's Hospital in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
GIRE HAS ACCOMPANIED Hortencia’s family and an additional ten families who have been victims of maternal mortality, always seeking comprehensive reparation for human rights violations. In 2016, we achieved reparations for the families of Hortencia, María Ligia and Mireya, three women who died from preventable pregnancy-related causes.