fetotomy

fetotomy

dissection of a dead fetus in utero. Applicable particularly to cows because of the size of the uterus and the opportunity to introduce instruments to the full depth of the fetus.

percutaneous fetotomy
the fetus is dissected through the skin using first a knife to open the skin followed by a fetotome. It is faster than a subcutaneous approach but offers more risk to the uterine wall.
subcutaneous fetotomy
the fetus is entered between the first ribs and the thoracic cage destroyed within the skin. The fetus is extracted when its mass has been reduced by this internal demolition and removal.
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Because his hands were too big, he directed his assistants who tried to deliver the baby goat, and when it was determined the kid was not alive, performed a fetotomy - removal of the dead baby in parts, the judge's report said.
Because the 6-foot-8, 350-pound veterinarian's hands were too big, he directed his assistants in attempting to deliver the baby goat and then, when it was determined it was not alive, performed a fetotomy - removal of the dead baby in parts, the judge's report says.
The judge said the veterinarian satisfactorily explained his decision not to administer a painkiller by saying that deadening the mother goat's reaction to pain meant less response from her if a technician improperly used the fetotomy instrument.
After the baby goat died inside its mother's womb, Bosma performed a fetotomy - cutting up of the fetus to remove it - without using any type of anesthesia or analgesia on the mother, officials said.