Christine Bolden, a 26-year-old woman from Michigan who was declared brain dead due to two brain aneurysms, recently gave birth to two boys, 24 Hours News 8 reports.
The twins, Alexander and Nicholas, were delivered by C-section and, at 25 weeks, are severely premature. Nicholas weighs only 1 lb and 9 oz, and Alexander weighs 1 lb 4 oz, according to mlive.com. They are both only about six inches long.
On March 6 this year, Christine was walking out of a building in Grand Rapids with her boyfriend and 3-year-old son when she felt a sudden pain in her head and immediately collapsed, mlive.com reports.
“It was a hurting feeling,” her aunt Danielle Bolden told 24 Hours News 8. “Going [to the hospital] seeing her laying there.”
But even as the family grieved Christine’s condition, they hoped that the boys would survive.
“We used to rub on her belly and talk to the babies,” Danielle told the news channel.
Eventually, Christine’s blood pressure became too high and the twins had to be taken out.
Danielle told the news channel that Christine’s grandmother even told the doctors not to “numb her” during the surgery in the hope that she’d feel the pain and wake up.
“God, he could have took her and the boys,” said Danielle. “But he left the boys. That’s a miracle.”
“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.”
There have been other instances of women in comas being able to give birth. In 2001, a woman, Chastity Cooper, was able to carry her baby to full-term after falling into a coma after a car accident. She was only two weeks pregnant at the time of the accident.