A brain-dead Polish woman was kept alive for 55 days so that she could give birth, a hospital official said on Tuesday, adding the premature baby showed no signs of serious complications.
“It’s rare to successfully maintain a pregnancy for so long, that it is at such an early stage, at 17 or 18 weeks,” said Barbara Krolak-Olejnik, head of the neonatal unit at the University Hospital in the southern city of Wroclaw.
The 41-year-old mother was rushed to hospital by ambulance late last year and deemed brain dead due to brain cancer.
“Her whole family wanted us to try to save the child,” Krolak-Olejnik said, adding that the baby boy was born in January in the 26th week of pregnancy.
“It was a long 55-day battle. We doctors wanted the little man to grow as big as possible but there came a day when there was a real danger to his life, so we opted for delivery.”
The baby was delivered by caesarean section and weighed just one kilogram (2.2 pounds) at birth, but is now up to three kilograms after three months of intensive care and has just left hospital showing “no complications”.
“But we have to be patient and wait and see how he grows,” Ms Krolak-Olejnik said, adding that the baby was being bottle-fed and breathing on his own.
The mother’s life-support system was turned off hours after the birth.
Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday
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.Follow @gorkhapost