A medical team at the Methodist Hospital kept a brain dead pregnant woman alive on life support for nearly two months so her baby could be born.
Karla Perez was 22 weeks pregnant when she collapsed at her home. Doctors diagnosed her with a intracranial haemorrhage and declared her brain dead. However, Karla and her partner desperately wanted a second baby.
This led her family and a team of doctors with a crucial decision, and an even more complicated mission:
To manage and keep 22-year-old Karla alive, in pursuance of the baby growing inside her.
This is not the first time that the couple will encounter such thing in their life. Karla was earlier diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and doctors told her she may never have children. However she had delivered her first child, a daughter, without any issues.
The young mother of two was kept on life support for 54 days before her second baby, Angel was ready to leave the womb.
And on April 4, Baby boy Angel was finally delivered via a Caesarean section, weighing just 2lb 12oz. The little peanut was rushed to a special neonatal intensive care unit and was fitted with a breathing tube.
Angel’s grandmother Berta said: “Thank God. He’s doing very well. He’s growing and I’m very happy about it. I come to see him every day. I get him dressed, I give him baths, I change him, I hold him. I have no words for the attention and how they took very good care of my daughter.”
The hospital, however, declared that Angel’s mother died just after giving birth to him on April 6. Karla also donated her liver, two kidneys and her heart before dying, officials said.
It took a team of more than 100 doctors and nurses to monitor Karla’s condition while her baby continued to grow.
[quote_center]”Our team took a giant leap of faith.”[/quote_center]
This was Sue Korth’s, vice president of Methodist Women’s Hospital, which delivered the child, statement to the New York Daily News.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our medical team and the more than 100 staff who were a part of her care,” he added. “Karla’s loss of life was difficult, but the legacy she has left behind is remarkable.”
Meanwhile, Karla’s OB-GYN Tifany Somer-Shely said: “You can’t be a part of this team without being affected emotionally.” “Her family’s resilience throughout this whole thing, with her grim prognosis and the reality of her situation,” she added.
Hope is remarkably a big word. Even if baby Angel’s beginning was alloyed with an end of another life, Karla’s legacy will live on in many ways—she left him both the gift of life, and a memory of strength and conviction that will live on forever.