A woman in China has reportedly died after being forced to go through four abortions in a year because her husband wanted a son.
The woman, who had one daughter, was told by her husband to terminate her pregnancies whenever the medical scan showed she was carrying a girl, according to Chinese media.
Her husband was said to have proposed a divorce earlier this year after the woman had been left bedridden by the traumatic medical operations.
According to a report on Huanqiu.com, the mother, named Yueyue, gave birth to a baby girl in Shengxiang of Wuhu, Anhui Province.
However, her husband, whose name has not been revealed, wished for a boy. So the couple started trying for another baby.
When Yueyue fell pregnant, her husband requested her to undergo an ultra-sound scan to identify the gender of the unborn baby. And when the scan showed Yueyue was carrying a girl, Yueyue's husband forced her to have an abortion.
The process repeated four times in one year as Yueyue's husband was determined to have a son. Yueyue's health deteriorated and she was left bedridden.
Shockingly, instead of taking care of his wife, the husband sent Yueyue a divorce proposal. The report said Yueyue had no choice but to agree to the divorce.
Yueyue took her 170,000 yuan (19,208 pound) divorce settlement to a hospital in Shanghai to seek medical attention. The doctors failed to save her and she passed away.