A brain dead Nebraska woman has been kept on life support for nearly eight weeks in the hope of bringing her baby to term.
Karla Perez was 22 weeks pregnant when she collapsed after complaining of severe headaches. She never regained consciousness.
With her baby too young to survive outside of the womb, Ms Perez’s 100-strong team of doctors and nurses kept the 22-year-old mother alive on life support for a total of 54 days. It was just long enough to deliver her baby by cesarean section.
Ms Perez’s baby, named Angel, was born on April 4.
“Karla was at home, noticed she had a headache and needed to lay down and take a nap. She woke up later that evening around 10:30 or 11 and noticed the headache had become progressively worse and told her family she needed to go to the hospital,” one doctor told TV station TV station WOTV.
Doctors first thought Perez had suffered a stroke but doctors later determined that the cause of her headaches was in fact a brain bleed.
“At 22 weeks a baby can’t survive outside of the uterus or outside of the womb and so 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 with the minimum being possibly 24 weeks,” the doctor said.