Husband Keeps “Brain Dead” Pregnant Wife Alive to Allow Son to be Born

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 3, 2014   |   6:45PM   |   Vancouver, Canada

Just one week after a national controversy in Texas regarding a husband to allowed his pregnant wife to be taken off life support, thus killing his unborn child, comes a similar case out of Canada. But, this time, the husband involved is allowing his unborn child to live.

Robyn Benson was 22 weeks pregnant when she suffered from a brain hemorrhage. Her husband, Dylan, went out to get some medicine for her headache and, when he returned, Robyn was unconscious on their bathroom floor, but still breathing. Although medical professionals made attempts to revive her, doctors discovered blood had leaked in to Robyn’s brain and they told Dylan Robyn would never recover.

iverbenson3However, doctors have kept Robyn alive for the past few weeks so Dylan’s son, Iver Cohen Benson, can be born. Iver will be 34 weeks when doctors perform a C-section to give birth.

Dylan has started an online campaign to raise money for him and his son and he has raised $36,000.

“Our family and close friends are all very supportive and all think that my wife would want me to try and give our child the best life possible, so that’s what I’m going to try and do,” Dylan wrote on his blog. “Assuming that the C-section is successful, of course my son will then spend the next several weeks in the hospital under intensive care until he is ready to be released to me.”

iverbenson“She was my rock,” Dylan said. “She did so much for us, and I can’t believe I won’t get to talk to her again. It is very difficult to know that our son will grow up never meeting his wonderful mother, and that we will have to say our goodbyes to Robyn within hours of seeing Iver for the first time.”

The Vancouver Sun newspaper has more:

Dylan has organized the fund to benefit his unborn son Iver: “He has already lost his mother, but I want to provide the best life I possibly can for him,” said Dylan in his online plea for help.

Robyn Benson was 22 weeks pregnant when she suffered the hemorrhage, he said. Doctors hope to keep her body alive under she reaches her 34th week of pregnancy, when they plan to perform a caesarian section.



“The doctors have said that he now has higher than an 80 per cent [chance] of survival and that increases with every day that passes,” wrote Dylan.

“For the last five weeks, Robyn’s body has still been doing most of the work. Her heart rate and blood pressure are for the most part working unassisted. It is essentially only her brain that is not working, and unfortunately, she will not recover from the brain death.”

Dylan is grieving the loss of his wife, whom he calls his rock, as he prepares for life as a single father to their son.