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Brain dead woman lived to give birth to healthy twins

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • July 15, 2017
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A brain dead woman, who was pregnant, was kept alive for 123 days so that her twins could be delivered. It was the longest time a brain dead person had been kept alive on life support. The twins were delivered by an emergency caesarian surgery. 21-year-old Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, who was from South Brazil, died last year in October after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. The doctors decided to save her twins – who were nine-week-old embryos at the time – after both their hearts continued beating inside Frankielen’s womb.

The bereft husband, who was heartbroken by the loss his wife but overjoyed with the birth of Asaph and Anna Vitoria, described his children’s birth as a miracle. Frankielen’s organs were intact and the doctors saw the twins alive with their hearts beating. It was then the doctors decided to save the unborn children and saw them grow inside their mother as normally as other kids do.

The twins were two months old when their mother died and brought to full term by the doctors. Even though the twins were born premature, they were as healthy as other preemie babies. The newborns were kept in the incubator for three months and are now being raised by Frankeilen’s mother. The unique case involved many complications stabilised only through the continuous intervention of medications to prevent the young mum’s body from shutting down.

Scores of well-wishers across Brazil, touched by the family’s plight, raised thousands of pounds in support, with many donating baby clothes, nappies and accessories for the little ones. What an incredible story. It proves a mother’s love for her kids – how even in death she protected her twins and brought them to life.

A brain dead woman, who was pregnant, was kept alive for 123 days so that her twins could be delivered. It was the longest time a brain dead person had been kept alive on life support. The twins were delivered by an emergency caesarian surgery. 21-year-old Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, who was from South Brazil, died last year in October after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. The doctors decided to save her twins - who were nine-week-old embryos at the time - after both their hearts continued beating inside Frankielen's womb. The bereft husband, who was heartbroken by the loss his wife but overjoyed with the birth of Asaph and Anna Vitoria, described his children's birth as a miracle. Frankielen's organs were intact and the doctors saw the twins alive with their hearts beating. It was then the doctors decided to save the unborn children and saw them grow inside their mother as normally as other kids do. The twins were two months old when their mother died and brought to full term by the doctors. Even though the twins were born premature, they were as healthy as other preemie babies. The newborns were kept in the incubator for three months and are now being raised by Frankeilen's mother. The unique case involved many complications stabilised only through the continuous intervention of medications to prevent the young mum's body from shutting down. Scores of well-wishers across Brazil, touched by the family's plight, raised thousands of pounds in support, with many donating baby clothes, nappies and accessories for the little ones. What an incredible story. It proves a mother's love for her kids - how even in death she protected her twins and brought them to life.

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