Czech doctors deliver girl 117 days after mom’s brain death
They are believed to have set a record for the longest artificially sustained pregnancy in a brain-dead mother
When a helicopter rushed an unconscious Czech woman who had suffered a severe stroke to hospital in April, her chances of survival were slim – and those of the foetus she had carried in her womb for 15 weeks little better.
And yet, on August 15 2019, against all odds, a healthy baby girl was born by caesarean section – weighing 2.13kg and measuring 42cm – to her brain-dead mother, setting a new record in the process, Brno’s University Hospital said on Monday.
It said the 117 days that she had been kept alive in the womb – a process fraught with potential complications – were believed to be a record for the longest artificially sustained pregnancy in a brain-dead mother...