Mexico authorities apologizes to indigenous woman

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca has apologized to an indigenous woman who gave birth on a lawn after she was denied help at a public health center.

Oaxaca's state health secretary, Dr. German Tenorio, says in a statement Monday that the state is responsible for not giving Irma Lopez Aurelio and her son adequate medical attention.

Tenorio says that "the state of Oaxaca apologizes to Irma Lopez Aurelio and her small child."

Lopez Aurelio garnered attention last year when a photo of her squatting in pain immediately after giving birth was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook and then published on the front pages of some national newspapers.

Tenorio says the apology is part of a recommendation issued on the case by the National Human Rights Commission.

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