A 26-year old Michigan woman who was officially declared brain dead following two fatal brain aneurysms, gave birth to twins a few weeks later.
The twins, Alexander and Nicholas, although premature, were delivered by means of Caesarean section and weigh around 1 lb 4 oz and 1 lb and 9 oz respectively, mlive.com reported.
Christine Bolden was reportedly hale and hearty when in March she suddenly suffered from a terrible headache and collapsed. Upon investigation, it was found that two aneurysms that were hidden from birth had burst open.
"It was a hurting feeling. Going [to the hospital] seeing her lying there. We used to rub on her belly and talk to the babies," her aunt Danielle Bolden told 24 Hours News 8.
Danielle further told the news channel that Christine's grandmother even told the doctors not to "numb her" during the surgery in the hope that she would feel the pain and wake up
"God, he could have taken her and the boys," said Danielle. "But he left the boys. That's a miracle."
Although the doctors hoped that she would be able to carry the twins for the complete duration, her pressure became too high to keep the babies safely.
"I can't wait to be able to touch them and pick them up and tell them all about their mother and give them so much love," Vance Terrell, Christine's brother, told mlive.com. "They're so precious."
Even after Christine was officially declared brain dead, her family never gave up hope thinking that she would somehow survive to see her little boys. They started the grieving process by making T-shirts in memory of Christine's passing and even printed an official obituary.
This is not the first time that a woman in coma has given birth. According to the Huffington Post, in 2001, a woman, Chastity Cooper, was able to carry her baby to full-term after falling into a coma following a car accident. She was only two weeks pregnant at the time of the accident.
Hospital officials say that Christine's newborn twins are in a fragile condition and that they are keeping a careful eye on the boys.