A 22-year old woman said to be brain has been medically kept alive by doctors in Nebraska, USA, for 54 days so she can safely deliver a baby boy who has been named Angel.
The woman, Karla Perez died two days after she had delivered her baby.
Angel, the baby boy weighed just 2 pounds, 12.6 ounces at birth
The hospital revealed that a dedicated team of more than 100 doctors, nurses and staff kept Karla Perez alive for 54 days, just long enough to deliver the baby via a caesarean section.
The Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Methodist Women’s Hospital, Sue Korth in her words on Thursday, May 7, 2015 said: “Our team took a giant leap of faith. We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do.”
Perez slumped in her home in Waterloo, Nebraska, on Sunday, February 8, 2015 after she had complained of severe headaches.
The doctors later diagnosed she had suffered a hemorrhage in her brain.
Dr. Andrew Robertson at the Methodist Women’s Hospital also mentioned that Perez’s baby was just 22 weeks when the incident occurred, making the baby too young to survive outside the womb.
“It was then that we had decisions to make,” Robertson said.
Doctor’s had hoped to sustain Perez long enough to deliver her baby at 32 weeks, but the young woman’s condition deteriorated two weeks shy of the target date so Angel was delivered on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Angel was in an incubator and feeding through a tube, the hospital group said on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
“We are cautiously optimistic,” said neonatologist Dr. Brady Kerr.
The baby is still in NICU and his family surrounded him with his mom’s things hoping that her scent will keep the baby comfortable.
As for Karla, her organs helped save three people who were waiting for a transplant.