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

Tue, February 4, 2014 11:29am EDT 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

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