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Spain - Collado Villalba - Portrait of Cristina Moracho Martin, 52. In the evening of the 14th of May 1984, Cristina Moracho Martin was alone at home in Collado Villalba, a small village on the outskirts of Madrid, together with her 15-month-daughter Jesica. Moracho was 17, and 7-month-pregnant of her second baby. The contractions started suddenly. “Moments later I broke water, and my son was born”, she recounts. Unable to notify her husband - the house didn’t have a telephone - Moracho cut the umbilical cordon herself and tied it with a sewing thread. After leaving her newborn in bed beside her daughter, she went out to seek help.When the medical first aid arrived the mother was in danger - she had bled profusely - but the baby looked fine. Both were put on an ambulance and brought to the Hospital Clínico San Carlos.“I heard him crying and moving all the way to Madrid. He was full of energy”, continues Moracho, who never saw her child again. He apparently died at the hospital, while his mother was having the placenta removed. Despite several requests, the family couldn’t see the corpse and was never told in which cemetery the body had been buried.