Mother in monthslong coma has baby by C-section

A baby has been born to an Alaska woman in a coma and listed as clinically brain dead for most of the pregnancy.

KTVA reports that baby Faith was delivered by cesarean section Tuesday.

Her mother, Jessie Ayagalria of Bethel, suffered cardiac arrest in January. Doctors discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant.

She was transferred to an Anchorage hospital, where doctors said she had no brain wave activity. However, a neurologist said it was possible for her to carry the baby.

Ayagalria’s mother, Shirley Jerry, says family members agreed to try, and had her daughter put on life support.

Jerry says it was amazing to hold her granddaughter, who was born at 35 weeks. But the birth comes with mixed emotions since Ayagalria has returned to hospice care.

Jerry will care for Faith.