The death of a 14-year-old rape victim in Paraguay during childbirth has put the spotlight on the country's high levels of sexual violence against girls and its strict abortion law, campaigners said.

The girl, identified as J.S.P., spent 22 days in a hospital with pregnancy complications and a urinary tract infection before going into labor but suffered three cardiac arrests and died during an emergency cesarean section on Tuesday. Her baby survived.

"It was so sudden, in minutes the cardiac arrest happened," Hernan Martinez, doctor and director of the National Hospital of Itaugua, told local radio.