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Baby Boy Born After Brain-Dead Mother Kept Alive Three Months

by Steven Ertelt | Budapest, Hungary | LifeNews.com | 11/13/13 8:20 PM

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A baby has been born in Hungary after a very rare circumstance in which his brain-dead mother was kept alive for three months so he could be born. As LifeNews has previously reported, in a case out of the United States from 2005, this kind of situation has occurred previously but is far from common.

In the Hungarian case, the baby boy’s mother, who is anonymous, was also an organ donor and gave her heart, pancreas, liver and two kidneys to patients who needed them.

As an AFP report indicates:

“The baby is already growing up at home, with his family. He was delivered by caesarean during the summer,” Bela Furedi, president of the Debrecen University’s medical science centre, told journalists.

“He was born in the 27th week of pregnancy. He weighed only 1.42 kilos but was healthy.”

The 31-year-old woman was declared brain dead after a brain haemorrhage in her 15th week of pregnancy.

She was kept alive for 92 days in a state which allowed her organs to be donated, in a case described by the hospital as “unique” in the world.

The case is not totally unique.

On life support for nearly three months in order to facilitate the birth of her child, Susan Torres, in August 2005, gave birth to a baby girl. Susan Anne Catherine Torres was born by Caesarean section two months premature and weighed just one pound and 13 ounces and measured 13.5 inches long.

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Torres, a researcher at the American National Institutes of Health, collapsed on May 7 and was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma (cancer) and was declared brain dead, with no hope of recovery.

Hospital physicians discovered the melanoma, treated nine years earlier, had recurred metastasized to her brain. The tumor then hemorrhaged, causing brain death.

A mother of a two year-old son, Torres was 17 weeks pregnant at the time of her collapse. Doctors told her husband, Jason, that there was no hope of survival for his wife, but that they could possibly prevent their baby from dying if she was kept alive.

Justin and Susan’s parents agreed doctors should do everything possible to save the couple’s child.