A woman brain dead for three months gives birth to baby boy

2019-04-02 11:51
Brain dead woman gave birth at 32 weeks. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Brain dead woman gave birth at 32 weeks. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

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An international sportswoman who was braindead for three months recently gave birth to a baby boy before her life support was switched off.

Catarina Sequeira (26), a canoeist from Portugal, was 19 weeks pregnant when she was declared braindead after suffering an acute asthma attack at her home, reports Sun UK.

Sequeira was an athlete who represented Portugal at international events despite suffering from asthma since childhood, according to theBBC.

For 56 days, a ventilator was attached to her to enable her baby to survive in her womb. The baby boy, named Salvador, was born at 32 weeks and is currently being cared for in a neonatal hospital.

This is the second reported case in Portugal of a baby born to a mother who was braindead. In 2016, baby Lourenço was born in Lisbon after spending 15 weeks in his mother’s womb.

The decision to continue Sequeira’s pregnancy was made under Portugal’s organ donation law.

According to the Mirror UK, the head of the hospital’s ethics committee, Filipe Almeida, told Portuguese media that the decision to keep the baby alive had been made together with her family and the baby’s father.

“Being a donor isn’t just about being in a position to donate a liver or heart or lung, but also being in a position to give yourself so a child can live,” he said.

Maria de Fátima Branco, the young woman’s mother, told Portuguese TV that she’d said goodbye to her daughter on 26 December when she’d been declared braindead, and that the decision to keep the baby was made largely because his father, Bruno, had always wanted to be a parent.

Baby Salvador, born at 1,7kg, is expected to remain in hospital for at least three weeks.

Sources: Sun UK, BBC, Mirror UK

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