Pakistan pregnant woman Photograph:( Twitter )
The woman’s X-ray showed that the five-centimetre (two-inch) nail had pierced the top of the woman’s forehead but missed her brain. She was reportedly following the advice of a faith healer.
A Pakistani pregnant woman had her head hammered with nails on the advice of a faith healer so that she could give birth to a boy.
The injured woman was admitted at the Lady Reading Hospital in northwestern Peshawar city where she underwent surgery to remove the nail from her skull, according to local media reports.
The woman’s X-ray showed that the five-centimetre (two-inch) nail had pierced the top of the woman’s forehead but missed her brain.
“The family said that she was at home and became unconscious,” Dr Suleman told the Dawn newspaper.
He added that attempts were also made to remove the nail at her home.
"They tried to remove it at home, but could not," he said, adding that doctors successfully removed it after operating on the patient.
The woman is a mother to three daughters. It is said that the victim was allegedly threatened by her husband to give birth to a boy, and that he would abandon her if she gave birth to a fourth girl.
The local media reports claimed that the woman went to the faith healer after it was revealed through an ultrasound that she was about to give birth to a daughter again.
Meanwhile, Peshawar police have taken cognisance of the heinous incident, and are in the process of getting in touch with the couple.
The Capital City Police Peshawar (CCPO) Abbas Ahsan told Geo News TV that the victim support officers have been directed to meet the woman to counsel her and get details of the incident, adding that “a legal action will be taken against her husband and the culprits involved.”
(With inputs from agencies)