Brain Dead Woman To Be Kept Alive Until Baby’s Birth

Tue, February 4, 2014 11:29am EST by 6 Comments
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So sad. In another heartbreaking case of expecting mothers on life support, Robyn Benson was found brain dead in her home, and the doctors want to keep her on life support until her baby can be delivered by cesarean.

Much like the very sad case of Marlise Munoz, Robyn Benson, 32, is considered brain dead, but the doctors don’t want to take her off life support until her baby is grown to term and an be delivered by c-section. This case, while very controversial and similar to the Munoz family’s, Robyn’s husband Dylan Benson, 32, actually wants to keep her on life support so he doesn’t lose his son.

Robyn Benson: Kept On Life Support While Pregnant

Shortly after Christmas 2013, in Victoria, British Columbia, Robyn Benson complained of a “terrible, terrible headache” and asked her husband, Dylan to go out and get her some Tylenol. When he returned to the house, she was unconscious, but still breathing. Sadly, when they got to the hospital, doctors discovered she suffered a brain hemorrhage. She was later pronounced brain dead, reports CNN.

Unlike in the Munoz case, Dylan wanted to keep his wife on life support and to eventually deliver their baby via c-section. When Malise Munoz was found brain dead, her husband insisted she wouldn’t want to be kept alive artificially. However, this wasn’t in accordance with Texas state law, since she was pregnant. Erick Munoz took his case to court and won.

Life Support Law May Change After Marlise Munoz Case

Dylan will keep his wife on life support, and visits her everyday. “We go see her every day and she is doing so much to grow our son,” Dylan told CTV. “Her brain is not alive, but she still is.”

Dylan Benson Raises Money For ‘Baby Iver Fund’

Dylan and the doctors who are monitoring his baby’s growth are getting more hopeful that he will be born alive and well. “The doctors have said that he now has higher than an 80% of survival and that increases with every day that passes,” Benson said. Dylan has even started a fund for his son who he plans to name “Iver.”

The fund has raised has already raised more than $75,000, which will be used for bills, baby supplies, daycare, housing, food, transportation and education.

“She was my rock,” Dylan said in his blog. “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.”

Our thoughts are with Dylan Benson and his family during this difficult time.

– Sabina Young

More Medical News:

  1. Brain Dead Girl, 13, Released From Hospital To Mother
  2. Jahi McMath, 13: Court Extends Life Support Despite Brain Dead Diagnosis
  3. Mother Gives Birth To Twins While Brain Dead

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Posted at 3:43 PM on February 4, 2014  

It’s nobody’s business. If the man wants his child, that’s fine but I do think it is tacky to ask for donations!

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Posted at 1:41 PM on February 4, 2014  

I’m glad to hear that this GENTLEMAN wants this baby and he wants to keep his wife alive (on life support) and that’s better then the other guy a couple weeks ago done If there is a fetal heart beat then the unborn baby is alive and what I understand a couple of weeks ago that unborn baby HAD A HEART BEAT it MAY HAVE A DISABILITY BUT ITS STILL A HUMAN BEING AND IF THEY DIDN’T WANT IT THEY COULD PUT IT UP FOR ADOPTION.

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Posted at 2:26 PM on February 4, 2014  

There are differences, I am sorry some people are so quick to judge without facts. a) Marlise Munoz was without oxygen for over an hour and that her fetus was exposed to the same lack of oxygen – why doesn’t the article mention it? b) Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when this happened, Robyn Benson was 22 weeks pregnant. Marlise Munoz fetus had to develop for 2 month within a DECOMPOSING BODY. The corpse, even ventilated corpse doesn’t provide nutrients or hormones, instead it has a lot of toxins produced by bacteria. Anti-biotics may help, but thye have side effects too. Why doesn’t the article mention it – what horrible journalism is it?

Marlise Munoz baby had zero chances to be born at all even with disability. Not only its brain was full of water, it’s lower body failed to develop which normally means that organs in that part failed to develop as well, it had heart issues as well. This baby is much closer to term and has much better chance. Mr Munoz as a paramedic knew his baby had no chance and he and Marlise Munoz parents wanted to follow her wishes. This father knows that the baby has very good chance to be born alive and healthy. Apples and oranges.

I am sick of people who don’t understand basic biology are so ready to judge others. Do you really think, Liz, there are many people who’d be willing to adopt brain damaged babywith heart issues and undeveloped lower body, the baby that will more likely die quickly after a few days of pain? Incidentally, will these people also be willing to pay a million or so in hospital bills which is what the hospital will likely bill Mr Munoz for?

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Posted at 7:24 PM on February 4, 2014  

just stfu you ignorant cunt

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Posted at 9:49 PM on February 4, 2014  

@ tiffany I respect people opinions but I DON’T RESPECT YOURS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CALL ME A IGNORANT CUNT. I don’t even call my worse enemy nasty names. You could of just wrote “just stfu ” but you JUST had to add 3 more words . Didn’t your Mother teach you how to show respect people with out being nasty? Treat people the way you wanted to be treated.

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Posted at 1:13 PM on February 4, 2014  

That’s wonderful that he is being positive about his child knowing his wife is brain dead.The problem that Marlise Munoz had was that she was physically decomposing her body wasn’t right to continue carrying the child.Know one really knows if Marlise would have carried her baby full term decomposing the way she was.Robyn Benson seems like she has a good percentage to continue her pregnancy 80 percent is great hopefully that works out of that would be tragic for Dylan.

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