According to Omaha doctors, a brain-dead woman’s body was kept alive for over seven weeks for the survival of the baby she was carrying.
The 2-pound, 12.6-ounce baby boy, named Angel, was delivered recently at Methodist Hospital. His mom, 22-year-old Karla Perez, collapsed at her home in Waterloo in early February after complaining of a terrible headache. Doctors found a brain drain and established that she was brain-dead.
Her relatives advised the doctors that they wanted to do everything for the baby the she was carrying to survive. Omaha TV station KETV reports, that doctors decided they needed to keep Perez’s body alive for the baby to keep developing.
The fetus was only 22 weeks along and could not make due outside of the womb when Perez died, Dr. Todd Lovgren told TV channel WOWT.
“If we were going to give baby Angel any chance of survival, we were going to have to prolong Karla’s pregnancy as long as possible.” said Dr. Lovgren.
A group of more than 100 specialists, nurses and staff kept Perez alive for almost two months, and when her condition declined on April 4, specialists performed a C-section to deliver the baby. Angel was promptly admitted to the neonatal ICU, where he keeps on growing.
Days after the operation, Perez was announced dead and her organs were donated.
“I have no words for the attention and how they took very good care of my daughter,” Berta Perez, Angel’s grandma told WOWT.