The relatives of a woman who gave birth to a stillborn baby are believed to have mutilated the Mexican gynaecologist who delivered the child in a revenge attack.
The doctor, known as Dr M, was drugged, taken to her own home where two of her fingers were cut off before she was butchered by her attackers in an attempt to hack out her ovaries and womb.
The shocking incident began when the medic was snatched as she left the hospital where she worked in the city of Zamora, in the Mexican state of Michaocan de Ocampo.
The 30-year-old had just finished a night shift on a maternity ward and police believe the attack is linked to the death of a baby boy who died during birth complications three weeks earlier.
However, the mother of the baby and members of her family are currently missing.
Police spokesman Ulpio Fonseca said: ‘She was forced to take muscle relaxant drugs which made it impossible for her to fight back.
‘Then she was tortured and mutilated in her own home for several hours by people we believe are related to a former patient.
‘She had severe injuries and nearly bled to death.
Officers say she was forced to write on a wall a warning to her colleagues in her own blood before her attackers chained her up and fled.
She was rescued when she came round from the muscle relaxant drugs and screamed, which alerted neighbours.
The medic had also found a note at her home saying: ‘The doctor who murdered my son will be next.’
A colleague had told police: ‘The woman’s family had turned up at the hospital accusing her of killing the child.
‘People often threaten doctors when things go wrong, but this family we now know clearly meant it.’