The Italian Almanac

premature baby

Italian News - June 13

A brain-dead woman kept alive artificially for more than two months gave birth to a premature baby girl, doctors at Milan's Niguard hospital said. A few hours after the birth, the machinery artificially keeping the 38-year-old woman alive was shut off. The baby girl, born two months early, was breathing on her own Sunday.

The baby, named Cristina after her mother, was born by emergency Caesarian section and weighed just over 1.5 pounds, the doctors told reporters. The woman's last name was not released to protect the family's privacy. Doctors decided to deliver the baby after the woman's blood pressure plunged and the fetus experienced heart rhythm problems.

The woman was hospitalized in March after suffering the rupture of a cerebral aneurysm, and she was soon declared brain dead. She spent 78 days in a brain-dead state. The mother's kidneys and corneas were donated for transplant.