In what is being described as an extraordinary feat, Doctors in Sao Jose Hospital â€“ Lisbon, Portugal delivered a baby boy named Lourenco Salvador, four months after his mother was declared brain dead.
The infantâ€™s 37-year-old mother was declared brain dead on 20 February following a brain haemorrhage. She was suffering from Kidney cancer, a condition she had previously beaten a decade ago. This however didnâ€™t stop the birth of the baby through caesarean section after 32 weeks and doctors confirmed he was healthy.
A statement from the hospital said the ethics committee had agreed the procedure with the babyâ€™s father and the motherâ€™s family. After the woman suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage, Doctors assumed the baby was also dead too and were about to switch off his motherâ€™s life support, when they discovered a heartbeat.
Doctor and Nurses spent 107 days nurturing the unborn tot, singing soothing songs to him through his mumâ€™s belly and even cuddling him. This was until his delivery. The Baby boy who is still in an incubator,Â will remain in the hospital for a few more weeks until he is at least 35 weeks old and has gained more weight.