February 19, 2018

Positivity: Brain-dead woman kept alive on life support delivers healthy baby

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Boise, Idaho, via LifeSite News:

February 14, 2018

An Idaho woman declared brain dead after suffering a stroke gave her son a chance at life.

Malinda Figueroa gave birth to Christopher Ruben Figueroa on February 4 at 23 weeks. The baby, who remains in the NICU, weighed 1 lb., 1 oz. and arrived shortly after the local community gathered outside the hospital to pray for the baby and his mother.

Figueroa was put on life support after suffering a massive stroke on January 24. Doctors gave her no hope of recovery. Her family requested that Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center keep her on life support until the baby could be safely delivered.

Malinda’s high-risk situation was turned down by a number of other hospitals, said Jason Herring, director of ministry outreach for Stanton Healthcare and spokesperson for the family.

Because there was no precedent, the hospital initially sought a transfer to another medical center that might have been more suited to Malinda’s case. Declined by four other hospitals, the team at Saint Alphonsus honored the request of the family and pledged to work to save baby Christopher.

“It was a once-in-our-state-history case that a brave team of doctors has embraced,” Herring told LifeSiteNews.

A Saint Alphonsus spokesman told the local ABC affiliate the hospital could not comment on specific patients. The representative did say Saint Alphonsus’ mission as a Catholic healthcare provider includes a responsibility to human dignity that inspires an enduring concern for the sanctity of human life. This responsibility guides providers and staff to work closely with patients and families in providing quality, compassionate and ethically aligned care.

“It was a very brave decision considering that this had never been done before,” he added. “We applaud their courage.”

Stanton, a pro-life medical clinic and outreach, joined with the family to offer support after word of Malinda’s plight spread through a local prayer chain and family members reached out to them.

Figueroa, 38, had learned she was expecting after being told that she could never conceive and bear a child due to health challenges.

It was also because of those health challenges that she was advised to have an abortion. She refused.

“She was determined to bring her child to life,” Herring said.

… The hospital removed Malinda from life support the following night. Her funeral was held Monday of this week (February 12).

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