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A baby (not pictured) was born to a 31-year-old woman after she suffered an aneurysm that left her brain-dead, a Hungarian hospital announced.
A baby was born to a brain-dead mother in Hungary after she was kept in a vegetative state for three months – one of few such cases on record, doctors said.
The healthy baby was born this summer via caesarean section after the mother suffered a brain hemorrhage during her 15th week of pregnancy, Bela Fulesdi, president of the Debrecen University’s medical science center, announced Wednesday. The woman was kept alive in order to bring the baby to term.
The baby was born prematurely in the 27th week of pregancy and weighed just over 3 pounds, but is healthy, Fulesdi said. The infant is now at home with its family.
“According to medical documents, this has never happened before – that a person could be a donor after such a long period on life support,” Fulesdi said, according to euronews.
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The baby was born at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center in Hungary. Pictured above, the university campus.
The hospital declined to give the baby’s gender, but AFP reported it is a boy.
The 31-year-old mother also donated her heart, pancreas, liver and two kidneys to four different patients.
The family’s identity has not been revealed due to their request for privacy. The identity of organ donors and recipients are protected under Hungarian law.
“The relatives came three times a week from the countryside. They talked to the baby and caressed the belly of the mother,” Csilla Molnár, head of Debrecen’s Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit told euronews.