New Delhi: After sustaining serious head injuries in an accident, a woman in a coma for seven months in Delhi AIIMS trauma centre delivered a healthy baby last week.
According to a report by India Today, the 23-year-old woman, identified as Shafiya was 40 days pregnant at the time of the accident and was brought to AIIMS on April 1.
She underwent four neurosurgical operations in recent months during hospitalisation. On October 22, she gave birth to the child by the normal route.
An ultrasound scan done when she was 18 weeks pregnant confirmed that her baby was healthy.
According to Dr. Deepak Gupta, a Neurosurgeon, at present the woman is still unconscious and has a 10-15 per cent chance of regaining consciousness.
“A lot of discussions was held in her first and second trimester of pregnancy on whether we should terminate her pregnancy or continue the pregnancy as the mother was still unconscious. As no congenital anomalies were noted in the fetus with serial level 2 ultrasound examinations, the medical team suggested the option to continue the pregnancy to the 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.