CANADA - Robyn Benson, Brain Dead, 22w Preg, Life Support

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  1. craftybatchy

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  3. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Oh no, not again. What a tragedy. Hope he has a lot of support rallying around him and the baby.

    If she was 22 weeks pregnant when she became brain dead and has been on life support for 5 weeks how can the baby be 34 weeks after two more weeks?
     
  4. K_Z

    K_Z Verified Anesthetist

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    Thank you for posting this story. I'm a little confused by the math, as the story says she collapsed at 22 weeks, docs have maintained her for 5 weeks (total 27 weeks), and docs plan to deliver her in 2 weeks at 34 weeks??

    Regardless of the math issues, this story sounds very hopeful. The difference between this and the Munoz case is that the fetus was within a week or two of early viability, so the bulk of development had already occurred. It sounds as if she never had a complete cardiac arrest, and while unconscious, was breathing somewhat at the scene. That gives this fetus a fighting chance. The rest of the gestation is still fraught with lots of peril, as is the early weeks, if the baby survives c section.

    I'm pulling for this fetus and this family. I hope it works out well for them.
     
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    faw720 Active Member

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    My sentiments exactly!!

    If this is what the husband wants I support him 100%
     
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    I think I'm just bad at math, lol. Maybe the article gives a better idea as far as the actual timeline ?

    I'm not sure how much support he has. He himself is the one who initiated an online fundraiser on his own behalf when it is typically family & friends who spearhead similar efforts (afaik).

    From what I've read, RB has more brain stem function than Marlise did which is why this pregnancy & fetus appear to be more stable.
     
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    Hopefully in the near future, there will be other news reports that clarify the math issue. Possibly this is a case of a reporter wanting a 'scoop' so badly that they forgot how to count?
     
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    I hope it works out for this miracle baby and his family.

    I am sorry for their loss of the mom.
     
  9. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Not your fault, it's the article that is confusing
     
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    From reading the fundraising site, it seems that the math is correct. She has been kept alive for 5 weeks (since late Dec) and they are hoping to keep her alive up to 7 weeks more.... until she is 34 weeks.
     
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    Yes, he very much wants this baby, and has a supportive family and friends. Here's his blog.

    http://www.misterbenson.com/
     
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    Thanks. I was beginning to doubt my trusty calculator (a.k.a. counting on my fingers).

    K_Z - Marlise experienced total brain death, including loss of brain stem function, correct ? I assume that is why her pressures were so unstable, not to mention the obvious deterioration of her body.

    Robyn Benson was still breathing when she was found. Although her husband has said she is brain dead, media articles have stated that her brain stem is still functioning and her body is not beginning to show signs of deterioration ie. MM, JM.

    I wonder if the medical team caring for RB has informed her husband that she will never regain complete consciousness or function, but existing in a PVS ? In my understanding, if her brain stem is still showing perfusion and maintaining her respiratory and cardiac function, that isn't total brain death, is it ?
     
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    I haven't read any media articles that state her brain stem is still functioning. Most articles seem to get their information off the funding website or his blog which say she is brain dead. Here's the latest article.

    http://bc.ctvnews.ca/community-rallies-behind-foetus-of-brain-dead-pregnant-woman-1.1669359

    I think it should be a father or family's decision. I thought the TX family should be able to disconnect and I think this family should be able to continue.
     
  15. K_Z

    K_Z Verified Anesthetist

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    I agree. It is difficult to sift thru the terminology in the articles to determine if this lady is completely brain dead, or something less. The husband says she "cant wake up again". Brain death is used elsewhere.

    Like everyone else, I have no idea what her condition is. However, if the info that she did not experience cardiac arrest is true, I can extrapolate that the later- term fetus has a much better chance because of that, just knowing about fetomaternal physiology, and uteroplacental perfusion.
     
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    They were married less than six months :cry:

    Robyn's death was sudden and tragic. I am praying for baby Iver, Dylan and the grandparents-to-be who have lost their daughter...

    Robyn & Dylan's wedding.jpg
     
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    Very sad.. Another young pregnant woman with a brain hemmorage. I wonder if the pregnancy does anything to bring on this brain hemmorage...or is it just a coincidence?
     
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    Marlise Muñoz, they believe, had suffered from a pulmonary embolism - a blood clot in the lungs. Robyn Benson died from a brain hemorrhage - an artery in the brain bursting. They are very different things.
     
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    Please check out the updates on this page. The father outlines possible actions the doctors are considering.
     

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