Woman in coma for 7 months gives birth to baby girl at Delhi AIIMS
A woman in a coma for seven months in AIIMS trauma centre, after sustaining serious head injuries in an accident, delivered a healthy baby last week. The 23-year-old woman was brought to AIIMS on April 1.
Safina was 40 days pregnant at the time of the accident. After initial treatment in Bulandshar, she was referred to AIIMS trauma centre. Safina underwent four neurosurgical operations in recent months during hospitalisation.
On October 22, she gave birth to the child by normal route.
An ultrasound scan done when she was 18 weeks pregnant confirmed that her baby was healthy.
At present the woman is still unconscious. According to Dr Deepak Gupta, a Neurosurgeon, Safina has a 10-15 per cent chance of regaining consciousness.
"A lot of discussion was held in her first and second trimester of pregnancy on whether we should terminate her pregnancy or continue the pregnancy as mother was still unconscious. As no congenital anomalies were noted in the fetus with serial level 2 ultrasound examinations, medical team suggested the option to continue pregnancy to family," Dr Gupta said.
"The decision to terminate the pregnancy in view of the mother's condition was left to the family. The family decided to continue the pregnancy subsequently. Highly uncommon. I haven't come across any such case in my 22 years of neurosurgical career at AIIMS," he added.