C-sections are used when natural childbirth is thought to be too risky. The woman is given anesthesia because of how enormous the C-section cut is and how painful it would be otherwise. Enter Ines Ramírez Perez: she is a peasant who lives in rural Mexico. With no medical training at all, she performed a C-section on herself and miraculously performed it successfully, keeping both her and her son alive.
In March of 2000, she had experienced 12 hours of continual pain. She then drank 3 small glasses of hard liquor and used a kitchen knife to open her abdomen. She made a 6.7in vertical incision to the right of her navel. For comparison, a standard C-section cut is 3.9 inches and horizontal below the navel.
She spent an hour operating herself and finally found her uterus. She took her baby boy out, cut the umbilical cord and passed out. She used clothes to bandage her uterus after regaining consciousness and sent for help. She needed some surgery because she damaged her intestines.
When asked why she did it, she said that she couldn't stand the pain and she decided if her baby was going to die, she was going to die too. However, she said she was certain God would save their lives.