A woman was kept on a life support machine for 12 weeks after being pronounced brain dead

Publié le : 15 November 2013

 During the 15th week of pregnancy, a 31 year-old woman was declared "brain dead" following a cerebral haemorrhage. She was kept on a life support machine for 12 weeks (at Debrecen Hospital, Eastern Hungary). A healthy baby was subsequently delivered prematurely and the woman’s organs were harvested for transplantation. 

According to the hospital, this is an "unprecedented event" . The baby was delivered by caesarean section. The fact that the mother was kept alive for 92 days after being declared brain dead meant that five of her organs could be transplanted to patients: heart, liver, pancreas and both kidneys. 

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