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 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 anaesthesiologist.

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.

The mother's life-support system was turned off after the birth.

The baby is being breastfed by her aunt, who also has a baby.

In a similar case in Portugal, a baby boy was born to a brain-dead mother

in 2016.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)