Nebraska baby delivered 8 weeks after mother’s fatal stroke

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(May 3, 2015) – A young woman in Nebraska was 22 weeks pregnant when she complained of a bad headache. That headache turned out to be an intracranial hemorrhage.

“We don’t know why she had the bleed,” said Dr. Andrew Robertson, Medical Director at Methodist Women’s Hospital.

The family of 22-year-old Karla Perez said they wanted to do everything possible to save the baby, so doctors attempted something very rare.

They needed to keep Karla alive as long as possible for the still healthy infant growing in her womb. Only 15 other healthy babies have been born this way.

“We took a leap of faith that the tragedy would turn into a healthy delivery,” said Sue Korth, VP, COO Methodist Women’s Hospital

More than 100 people at Methodist worked with Perez. But nearly eight weeks after she came to the hospital, she started to decline.

On April 4, the doctor had to deliver the two pound, 12.6 ounce baby Angel by ceseasion. Days later, Karla passed away. But she gave life to four more people by donating her organs.

In the eyes of his grandmother, baby Angel is a legacy and a miracle.