Doctors at the University of Debrecen Medical Centre in eastern Hungary have announced that they delivered a healthy baby this summer, three months after the mother suffered brain death due to a stroke.
The family of the woman, 31, decided with doctors to keep her alive to try to ensure that her baby could be delivered safely.
Csilla Molnár, Head of the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit at the University of Debrecen, told euronews: “The relatives came three times a week from the countryside. They talked to the baby and caressed the belly of the mother.”
The baby, who was born premature but healthy, has now been taken home.
After the child was delivered, several of the mother’s organs – her heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas – were donated to people in need of transplants.
Béla Fülesdi, Head of the Medical Centre at the University of Debrecen, said that the donations were ground-breaking: “According to medical documents, this has never happened before – that a person could be a donor after such a long period on life support.”
From the University of Debrecen, euronews’ Andrea Hajagos reported: “Eleven different medical teams worked together here – so that this sad story could end with five lives being brought out of one.”