Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death

When a helicopter rushed an unconscious Czech woman who had suffered a severe stroke to hospital in April, her chances of survival were slim – and those of the fetus she had carried in her womb for 15 weeks little better.

And yet, on Aug. 15, against all odds, a healthy baby girl was born by cesarean section – weighing 2.13 kg (4.7 lb) and measuring 42 cm (16.5 inches) – to her brain-dead mother, setting a new record in the process, Brno’s University Hospital said on Monday.

It said the 117 days that she had been kept alive in the womb – a process fraught with potential complications – were believed to be a record for the longest artificially sustained pregnancy in a brain-dead mother.

The mother, whose identity was not revealed, had been declared brain-dead shortly after reaching the hospital, upon which doctors immediately began the struggle to save her child.