Baby born to brain-dead mother in Czech Republic

PRAGUE: A healthy baby was born in the Czech Republic to a mother who had been brain-dead for nearly four months, doctors said on Monday.

The baby girl was born by cesarean section in the 34th week of pregnancy last month, 117 days after her mother was declared brain dead, doctors at University Hospital in the second Czech city of Brno told a press conference.

The girl, weighing 2.13 kilos (four pounds 11 ounces), is “one of the heaviest and most mature babies born to a brain-dead mother,” said Roman Gal, the hospital’s head anesthesiologist.

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The mother was declared brain dead after suffering a haemorrhage in April when she was 16 weeks pregnant.

Doctors kept her heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs working while monitoring the foetus.

Nurses “talked” to the foetus, while her grandmother read her fairytales and a therapist moved the mother’s legs to simulate walking, Gal added.

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