A brain dead pregnant woman was kept alive for 123 days – the longest time ever – before delivering twins by emergency caesarean section. Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, from Campo Largo in south Brazil, died during pregnancy in October last year after suffering a stroke. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat inside their mothers’ womb.
Staff at Nosso Senhora do Rocio hospital decorated the space around Ms Padilha’s bed with pictures of her, sung to the unborn children and talked to the growing infants in an effort to substitute their mother’s love.
The babies’ father has described their birth as a ‘miracle’ after doctors said they had no hope of surviving.