A mum who was been brain dead for nearly four months has given birth to a healthy baby boy in Portugal.
“The baby boy, weighing 2.35 kilos (5lb, 3oz), was born after 32 weeks without complications and by caesarean section,” announced the Lisbon hospital that carried out the procedure, BBC News reports.
Mum was declared brain dead on February 20 after suffering a brain haemorrhage, the hospital said.
“The foetus appeared to be in good health,” it added, so “the decision was taken with the family to follow through with the pregnancy”.
Her life-support system was turned off hours after the baby boy’s birth.
“It was a long 55-day battle. We doctors wanted the little man to grow as big as possible but there came a day when there was a real danger to his life, so we opted for delivery.”
It is the longest a child has survived in the womb in Portugal after his mother was declared brain-dead.
In January, a baby boy was born in Wroclaw, Poland, after surviving for 55 days in the womb of his mother, who was declared brain-dead after a tumour.
He weighed only 1kg (2.2lbs) at birth, and was allowed home in April.
A baby is born in Portugal to a woman who has been brain-dead for almost four months, hospital officials in Lisbon… https://t.co/CbM8Op3gRI
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