June 30, 2009 / 6:30 AM / 10 years ago

Woman in Spain dies from swine flu after childbirth

Spanish Minister of Health Trinidad Jimenez (front 3rd R) and Madrid's regional health advisor Juan Jose Guemes (front 2nd R) head to a news conference with doctors from the intensive care unit of Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid June 30, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - A 19-year-old woman who contracted swine flu during her pregnancy became the first person on Tuesday to die from the virus in Spain, hours after her baby was rescued by a Caesarean section, radio reports said.

Doctors carried out the Caesarean after warning that a deterioration in the mother’s condition would prematurely induce her labor, private radio station Ser said.

A spokesman at Madrid’s Gergorio Maranon hospital declined to comment but had called for a news conference later in the morning.

Reporting by Jason Webb, editing by Martin Roberts

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