Baby Continues to Grow in Brain-Dead Woman’s Womb

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A brain-dead Palestinian woman who suffered a stroke is being kept on life support at an Israeli hospital so doctors can deliver her unborn child, reported Thursday.

Doctors said it is too early to know if the unborn baby was affected by the stroke.

The woman, whose name is not being released, is in her sixth month of pregnancy at Barzilia Hospital in Asheklon, which is about 7 miles from the Gaza Strip.

The baby may have to remain in his mother’s womb for next three months, said hospital spokeswoman Leah Malul.

The woman, said to be in her 30s, and her husband were at a café when she suffered the stroke. Since the nearest Gaza hospital was unable to treat her, she was transferred to Barzilia, and her husband requested that doctors keep her on life support.

“The woman’s body is functioning as normal and the fetus is getting a continuous supply of blood,” Professor Eyal Antabi, head of the hospital’s maternity ward, told the Israeli Yediot Ahronot Daily. “Our goal is for him to remain in his mother’s womb until the final month of pregnancy. As long as the mother’s body continues to function as normal, there is no reason to get him out before, because that could lead to future complications.”

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