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Brain dead woman gives birth a healthy baby in Portugal

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LISBON — A healthy baby was born in Portugal to a mother who had been brain-dead for nearly four months.

“The baby boy, weighing 2.35 kilos (five pounds three ounces), was born after 32 weeks without complications and by Cesarean section,” announced the Lisbon hospital that carried out the procedure.

The mother had been declared brain-dead on February 20 after suffering a brain haemorrhage, the hospital said.

“The foetus appeared to be in good health,” it added, so “the decision was taken with the family to follow through with the pregnancy.”

The hospital said the successful birth represented Portugal’s longest-ever survival of a foetus whose mother was brain-dead.

A similar case in Poland saw a baby boy born to a brain-dead mother in April.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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