Healthy Baby Girl Delivered 117 Days After Mother's Brain-Death

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Healthy Baby Girl Delivered 117 Days After Mother's Brain-Death

 

In April, a Czech pregnant woman suffered a severe stroke but was only sent to the hospital four months later. During those months, the doctors declared that the mother was already brain-dead which means that the baby in her womb has a slim chance of surviving. However, against all odds, a healthy baby girl was born by cesarean section. According to Roman Gal, the hospital's head anesthesiologist, the baby girl is "one of the heaviest and most mature babies born to a brain-dead mother" weighing at 2.13 kg.

 

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The baby was kept in the mother's womb for 117 days which can cause potential complications. Nonetheless, the baby survived. To keep the fetus alive inside the mother's womb, the doctors kept her on artificial life support. They even moved her legs to stimulated walking so the child grows. During this process, the mother underwent regular ultrasounds. The medical professionals also documented her condition. Staff is seen gently touching the mother's stomach and placing toys on it. Additionally, Gal stated that the nurses would often "talk" to the fetus while her grandmother read her fairytales. 

 

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In a press conference, the doctors believed that this case is the longest artificially sustained pregnancy in a brain-dead mother. Inside Edition, a syndicated newsmagazine includes investigative reports, interviews with newsmakers, human interest stories, and celebrity and pop-culture features, reported that the fetus was able to develop and grow because the mother had been in good health before her stroke.

 

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However, the medical staff had to disconnect the mother's life support during the delivery in the 34th week of gestation. She passed away with her husband and other family members present. In an interview, Pavel Ventruba, head of gynecology and obstetrics at the hospital said, "This has really been an extraordinary case when the whole family stood together ... without their support and their interest, it would never have finished this way."

As of now, the baby is being breastfed by her aunt, who also has a baby. A similar case also happened in Portugal in 2016 where a baby boy was born to a brain-dead mother.

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