andra Pedro, a Portuguese woman, had been living with her son in the neighborhood of Bragadas, Portugal, for eight years. When she realized she was pregnant for the second time, Sandra went to the doctor.
The whole family was part of the process from the beginning, watching as a lifeless woman’s body was made to function by machines. It was a a distressing time for everyone, but the family had to remain strong. Even though Sandra had no more brain function and was declared clinically dead, there was still life growing inside of her.
Sandra became a living incubator, as her body kept her son alive. Keeping the mother’s body functional for so long and maintaining the uteroplacental circulation was a great challenge for the team of more than 80 people, who worked around the clock.
107 days later, the “miracle” happened: the baby was born after 32 weeks of gestation, at 5 lbs and with impressive vitals for a premature baby generated in the womb of a dead mother. A true phenomenon!
This was an unprecedented situation for the doctors involved, some admitting that they wept. Currently, the small baby is in perfect health. After the C-section, the machines were turned off and the mother’s body was delivered to the family.
Sandra was a courageous mother, and from her death, a new life was born. Lourenço Salvado was the beautiful name chosen for the baby boy.
Congratulations to the medical staff involved in this special case. We send health and happiness to Lourenço, the “miracle baby!”