PARENTS

Brain-Dead Mum Gives Birth To Healthy Boy Before Her Life Support Is Switched Off

11/12/2014 14:04 | Updated 20 May 2015

Dylan Benson and son, life support, braindead, pregnantDylan and baby Iver. Pic: Dylan Benson/Misterbenson.com

A pregnant woman in a coma has given birth to a healthy baby boy. But heartbreakingly, his mum was taken off life support and passed away a day later.

Doctors were keeping Robyn Benson alive in the hopes that her young son could have a few more weeks to develop.

On Saturday, Robyn gave birth to Iver Cohen Benson at 28 weeks by Caesarean section.

Robyn's husband, Dylan, posted a picture of himself holding his tiny son on his Facebook page.

He updated his tens of thousands of supporters, saying: "It is with a heavy heart but also with extreme proudness that I am posting this update.

"On Saturday evening, my beautiful and amazing son, Iver Cohen Benson, was born. Iver is healthy and is the cutest and most precious person I have ever met.

"As to be expected, it will still be a bumpy ride for he and I as he continues to grow under the care of the wonderful staff at the hospital."

Robyn, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was 22 weeks pregnant when she suffered a massive brain haemorrhage on December 28.

There was nothing doctors could do to save her. But they were able to give her son six more weeks to develop. At 28 weeks, Iver was born very premature.

Dylan also shared the sad news with his friends. He wrote: "On Sunday, we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met. I miss Robyn more than words can explain.

"I could not be more impressed with her strength, and I am so lucky to have known her. She will live on forever within Iver, and in my heart."

Dylan was able to raise more than $144,000 to pay for his wife's funeral and to support his son's future through a You Caring fundraising site.

Money raised through the fund will be used to pay for baby supplies, daycare, housing and an education fund for Iver.

Dylan said: "It is very difficult to know that our son will grow up never meeting his wonderful mother, and that we will have to say our goodbyes to Robyn within hours of seeing Iver for the first time."

Suggest a correction