A pregnant international sportswoman,Catarina Sequeira, 26, who was brain dead and placed on life support long enough to deliver her baby boy before the life support was switched off.
The lady was tragically declared brain dead in December after she suffered an acute asthma attack while she was 19 weeks pregnant. But doctors kept the Canoeist alive long enough so she can deliver her “miracle baby”
This is second case in Portugal of a baby born to a mother who was brain dead, she was reportedly able to give birth at almost 32 weeks pregnant.
The baby boy, named Salvador, was born via Caesarean section on Thursday – a day earlier than intended – because Catarina’s respiratory condition was deteriorating.
For 56 days she was in an induced coma, kept alive via a ventilator to allow her baby to survive in her womb, according to reports.
An unusual case, the decision was made to continue Catarina’s pregnancy under Portugal’s organ donation law. The head of the hospital’s ethics committee, Filipe Almeida, told Portugese media the decision to keep Catarina and her baby alive had been made along with the baby’s father and her family.
Baby Salvador, born healthy and well at 3.75lbs, is being cared for in a neonatal hospital for at least the next three weeks, local reports say.
Portugese newspaper CM Jornal spoke with Salvador’s dad, who called the child his “miracle baby”.