Maternal brain death and prolonged fetal survival

Academic Article


  • A 30-year-old woman suffered massive brain injuries after a motor vehicle accident at 15 weeks’ gestation. The patient was diagnosed as brain-dead on her tenth hospital day. She was supported with intensive care for 107 days after this diagnosis, and a normal 1555-g male infant was delivered at approximately 32 weeks’ gestation by repeat cesarean section. The child is developing normally at 11 months of age. This represents the longest reported case of prolongation of pregnancy after brain death. © 1989 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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  • Bernstein IM; Watson M; Simmons GM; Catalano PM; Davis G; Collins R
  • Start Page

  • 434
  • End Page

  • 437
  • Volume

  • 74
  • Issue

  • 3