A pregnant woman from Detroit who was declared dead gave birth to twins this week after being kept alive for a month with a respirator. Christine Bolden had an aneurysm on March 1 and was pronounced brain dead five days later. However, she was kept on life support in order to save her unborn twins. The boys, Nicholas and Alexander, were born on April 5 after just 25 weeks' pregnancy. Medical staff turned off her life support shortly thereafter. The children are premature and are being kept in isolation. They weigh less than 2 pounds and are less than 6 inches long.
Gestation after brain death has happened before, a fact which has led some experts to question whether “brain dead” people are truly dead. In 2007, 34-year-old Stacy Rojas of Texas gave birth to a healthy baby girl after falling into a coma following a brain aneurysm. Her life support machine was switched off two days after the birth, having kept her alive for a month. ~ London Telegraph, Apr 24