This story about a brain dead woman delivering her baby is one for the books although this is not the first time. A similar situation has already happened 16 years ago, in 1999.
The marvel of modern science is clearly at work here, but we can’t discount motherly love definitely. Coma patients are believed to hear what’s being said around them and Karla Perez may have been aware of what’s going on and gave her all to make the delivery successful and her son alive and well.
The baby aptly named Angel, was delivered normal and healthy earlier this month at Methodist Health System in Omaha.
The hospital revealed that a team over 100 doctors, nurses and staff kept 22-year old Karla alive for 54 days –the time required to make the fetus viable and a CS was performed to deliver the baby.
“Our team took a giant leap of faith,” Sue Korth, vice president and COO of Methodist Women’s Hospital, said in a statement Thursday announcing the successful procedure. “We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do.”
It was on Feb. 8 when Karla collapsed at her home in Waterloo, Nebraska due to severe headache which doctors’ later confirmed was the result of hemorrhaging brain.
The baby in her tummy was just barely 22 weeks old, not ready yet for a successful delivery. “It was then that we had decisions to make,” said Dr. Andrew Robertson at the Methodist Women’s Hospital.
Sustaining Perez so that the baby will reach 32 weeks, viable enough for delivery, the doctors went to work right away together with nurses and medical staff to keep the baby alive long enough for him to survive outside it’s mother’s womb. Karla’s condition became even worse so that Angel had to be delivered on April 4..
Angel was placed inside an incubator and was supplied with nutrition through a feeding tube. “We are cautiously optimistic,” said neonatologist Dr. Brady Kerr.
.The family is watching Angel who is still in NICU, her mom’s personal belongings near him hoping the scent will help him feel comfortable.
Meanwhile, Karla’s organs helped save the life of 3 people who were waiting for organ donor in order to perform the necessary organ transplant. She didn’t die in vain.