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 from Campo Largo in South Brazil suffered from Cerebral Haemorrhage last year in Ocotber, following which she was declared dead. Doctors were surprised to see that babies in her womb were doing perfectly fine.
Her ventilator was switched off in February this year and her heart and kidneys were donated.
Nosso Senhora do Rocio hospital decorated the space around the woman and sang songs to the unborn babies to compensate the love of their mother. The babies’ birth is being described as a miracle birth after everyone lost hopes. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat inside their mothers' womb.
The unique case involved many complications stabilised only through the continuous intervention of medications to prevent the young mum's body from shutting down.
Dr Dalton Rivabem, head of neurological ICU at the hospital, said: 'We did an ultrasound on the embryos thinking they would be failing in the womb but to our surprise they were clinging to life.
'Frankielen's organs were all intact and working as if she was still with us. We took the decision to keep her alive to save her unborn children. And every day we watched them grow normally.'
Muriel, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Isa Beatriz, with his deceased wife recalled: "I was on my way to work last October when Frankielen called begging me to come back home urgently.
"She said her head was killing her. I told her to take a tablet. But she said there was a sharp pain at the back of her neck and it was so strong she felt she was going to collapse."
Muriel, an agriculture farmer, rushed to his home in Contenda, to find his wife shaking, crying, dizzy and vomiting from the pain.
"As I drove her to hospital, she said 'I want you to be prepared to accept this because I will be staying there, I won't be coming home.' Then she passed out and those were the last words she spoke to me and the last time I saw her alive," said the devastated dad.
The doctors, nurses, nutritionists and host of other health professionals routinely sang to the babies and caressed Frankielen’s pregnant belly. The ICU was filled with love to welcome the miracle babies. Everyone including the father cried when the babies were born.
The babies were born at seven months' gestation in February and discharged from the hospital in the end of May.