Nebraska doctor: ‘We’ve never done this before’

Doctors in Nebraska keep a mother alive to deliver her baby.


OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) – A young pregnant mother in Nebraska collapses after having a headache. While doctors say they were unable to save the mother, they took extreme measure to save her unborn child.

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

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

At 22 weeks pregnant, baby Angel’s mom, 22-year-old Karla Perez, had a bad headache. That headache turned out to be an intracranial hemorrhage, a brain bleed so bad doctors knew she had little chance of survival.

Karla’s family said they wanted to do everything possible to save the baby, so doctors at Methodist 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.

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

On April 4, the doctor had d to deliver the two pound, 12.6 ounce baby Angel by cesarean section. Days later, Karla passed away, but she gave life to four more people by donating her organs. And through it all doctors say she touched countless lives.

Doctors say baby Angel is doing well, but they are still monitoring him for any possible health complications. They say because cases like this are so rare, it is hard to know what to expect.

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