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Brain-dead woman delivers baby boy

A brain-dead woman in the United States has given birth to a baby boy, after doctors prolonged her life for 54 days so she could make the delivery.

The mother, 22-year old Karla Perez, died two days after the delivery and the new born, Angel weighed just 1.2kg at birth.

According to the hospital, a team of more than 100 doctors, nurses and staff kept Perez just long enough to deliver the baby via cesarean section.

In a statement, Sue Korth, vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Methodist Women's Hospital said,

"Our team took a giant leap of faith, we were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do."

Reports say Perez collapsed in her home in Waterloo, Nebraska, on February 8th after complaining of severe headaches. Doctors later determined she had suffered a brain bleed.

At the time, her baby was just 22 weeks and too young to survive outside the womb, said Dr Andrew Robertson at the Methodist Women's Hospital.

Doctor's had hoped to sustain her long enough to deliver her baby at 32 weeks, but her condition deteriorated 2 weeks shy of the target date so Angel was delivered on April 4th, placed in an incubator and fed through a tube

Also speaking on the incredible delivery, neonatologist Dr. Brady Kerrthe hospital group said the hospital group was "cautiously optimistic"

The baby is still in NICU surrounded by his family and his mom's things, with the hope that her scent will keep the baby comfortable.

Meanwhile, Perez's organs helped save 3 people who were waiting for a transplant.

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