Miracle Baby Delivered 2 Months After Mom Was Declared 'Brain Dead' (VIDEO)

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More than eight weeks after declaring 22-year-old Karla Perez brain dead, doctors were able to successfully deliver her son, Angel, at 30 weeks gestation. The mother suffered a brain bleed at 22 weeks pregnant and doctors managed to keep her alive for 54 days in order to let the fetus develop, and the baby was born via C-section on April 4.


Then, two days after Angel's delivery, Perez passed away.

According to medical records, since 1982, there have been just 33 cases of brain dead women being kept alive until their children were born. And in the United States, the last successful delivery of this kind was performed in 1999.

Todd Lovgren, a doctor at Methodist Women's Hospital Perinatal Center in Nebraska said, "Karla's family asked us to try and prolong Karla's life and try to maintain her as long as possible for Angel's benefit."

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Perez, who had delivered a daughter three years ago, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was younger, and was aware that getting pregnant and giving birth would be a struggle. When it came time to try for a second child, Perez stopped taking her medications in order to get pregnant.

Then, she began to experience headaches and ultimately suffered a intracranial hemorrhage that caused doctors to declare her brain dead.

At that time, it was still too early to deliver the fetus, so doctors aimed to keep her going until 32 weeks. But after being born at 30 weeks, Angel has been stable and remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.

The case is undoubtedly a medical feat and a miraculous accomplishment for doctors. The decision to keep Karla going until the fetus had developed enough for delivery was surely a difficult one, but her legacy now remains with her children.

Our hearts go out to the family.

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