Bittersweet Birth: Bouncing Baby Boy Born To Comatose Mother

Fri, May 23, 2014 10:24am EDT by 5 Comments
Comatose Woman Gives Birth Melissa Carleton
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A 39-year-old woman’s dreams of becoming a mother finally came true. Unfortunately, she was not awake to witness the birth of her adorable baby boy, because she has been in a coma for 10 weeks. How sad.

Melissa Carleton, 39, was so excited to be a first-time mom she could hardly contain herself. But sadly, just 10 weeks before her baby boy was due to arrive, Melissa suddenly slipped into a coma and has not been able to wake up since. Now that her son has been born, Melissa’s husband Brian Lande hopes his wife will wake up and finally be able to hold her son.

Comatose Woman Gives Birth To A Baby Boy

This is heartbreaking.

On Thursday, May 22, Melissa welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world via c-section even though she was 10 weeks into a coma.

“[Melissa]’s wanted to have a child for years,” Melissa’s father, John Farrell, told ABC News after his grandson was born. “Today, I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are. It’s indescribable.”

Melissa, who is a family therapist in Fresno, California, slipped into  a coma after her benign brain tumor caused her to have a seizure. She had originally planned to wait until after her baby was born to have the tumor removed by surgery, but doctors were forced to remove it in an emergency procedure following her seizure.

Doctors claim that the surgery went well, but it is the seizure that damaged her brain and left her in a coma.

Occasionally Melissa will wake up, open her eyes, and squeeze someone’s hand, but other than that she remains unresponsive.

The brain tumor was discovered by doctors when Melissa was in her second trimester after a series of migraines brought her to the emergency room.

Just before going into her c-section surgery, Melissa woke up long enough to share a heart wrenching moment with her husband, Brian.

“In a few tender moments, she reached out to Brian, took his cheek, pulled his cheek down to her face and held it there,” John shared. “It was the first time she had hugged Brian since this trauma happened.”

Now that her son has been born, Melissa’s family is hopeful she will receive appropriate treatment to remove the tumor and join them once again.

–Lauren Cox

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