by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | July 11, 2017 12:04 pm
This is such a sad and heart-rending story. But out of such great sadness has come immense joy. Twins have just been delivered from a brain-dead mother who was kept alive for 123 days so they could go to term. Once they were delivered, her husband let her go. It devastated him, but he loves the twins with all his heart and his other little girl as well. In them, she will live on. A beautiful baby boy and girl are her legacy… they were delivered by emergency C-section.
The mother suffered a stroke when she was nine weeks pregnant. She was not going to make it. The twins’ little hearts continued to beat, so they put the mom on life support. Every day, the doctors did an ultrasound to check on the children and their growth. This is the longest period a mother has been kept on life support to deliver a baby. She held on just long enough to deliver the little ones and then died right after the procedure.
From The Mirror:
Twins have been born to a brain dead woman who was kept alive on life support for four months in a tragic case that has made medical history.
Doctors successfully delivered the baby boy and girl by emergency caesarean section in a “miracle” birth, but their mum died following the procedure.
She was kept alive for 123 days – the longest period ever – after suffering a stroke while nine weeks pregnant.
Her husband has told how doctors made the ground-breaking decision to put her on life support and save the embryos after their tiny hearts continued to beat in her womb.
Dad Muriel Padilha, 24, said the babies were born to his wife, Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, at seven months’ gestation in February this year and discharged from hospital at the end of May.
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.
Dad Muriel Padilha, 24, said that Asaph and Anna Vitoria were born to his wife, Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, at seven months’ gestation in February this year and discharged from hospital at the end of May. That’s a long time in the hospital, but now they are healthy and normal. They are beautiful little miracles. The babies’ fight for their little lives reduced doctors at the Nosso Senhora do Rocio hospital in Campo Largo, Brazil, to tears as they decorated the space around Frankielen’s bed with her pictures.
The doctors and nurses sang to the little babies before they were born and talked to them as their mother would have if should could have. There were many complications and procedures during the pregnancy. Medication and monitoring were constant to keep the young mother’s body from shutting down. After she passed, her heart and kidneys were donated to save the lives of two others.
They also have a two-year-old daughter named Isa Beatriz. Muriel recounted the horrific stroke: “I was on my way to work last October when Frankielen called begging me to come back home urgently. She said her head was killing her. I told her to take a tablet. But she said there was a sharp pain at the back of her neck and it was so strong she felt she was going to collapse.” She was shaking, crying, dizzy and vomiting from the pain. Muriel continued: “As I drove her to hospital, she said ‘I want you to be prepared to accept this because I will be staying there, I won’t be coming home.’ Then she passed out and those were the last words she spoke to me and the last time I saw her alive.”
Frankielen had a cerebral hemorrhage – bleeding to the brain. She wasn’t going to wake up again. Then the fight was on for the twins. Muriel and his family visited every day and over 20 professionals were involved in the caring for the patient and her babies. The twins were kept in the hospital to prevent infection. Muriel believes that Frankielen came to him to say she was okay and to tell him and the children she loved them. And to say goodbye. What an incredible story of love.
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