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California woman in coma becomes mom, gives birth to healthy baby boy

A California woman who had a seizure that put her in a coma gives birth to a healthy baby boy, according to a Jan 23 New York Daily News report. The new mom named Melissa Carleton spent much of her first pregnancy in a coma. Even so, Carleton's family is incredibly happy that the baby, named West Nathaniel Lande, was delivered successfully.

Woman in coma gives birth to baby boy in California
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Carleton suffered a seizure in March, and she has been in a coma since the event. Before the seizure, the mother-to-be had suffered from odd headaches, which were the result of a benign brain tumor that was massive. Because she was pregnant, Carleton decided to put off surgery to remove the massive tumor until after delivering her baby. However, the seizure took that decision out of her hands, and she was rushed to surgery and doctors removed the tumor.

Doctors successfully delivered the woman in a coma's baby via c-section at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. The last time she was conscious fully was on March 11, 2014. Her husband and the rest of her family are so happy the baby boy arrived safely even though the moment is bittersweet since Carleton is still in a coma. Her husband Brian Lande said,

"I know that being able to love this little guy is going to be a wonderful experience, but I also know it's going to be very hard for me to know that I am going to be the one to hold this baby first."

Carleton's little boy weighed in at 5 pounds 9 ounces. The family is incredibly relieved because for the past 10 weeks they have lived with constant worry about both the mother and baby, not knowing if they were going to survive the ordeal. Her husband's biggest wish now is that the new mom wakes up from a coma, and gets to hold their son too. He wants her to know what a great job she did.

Earlier this year, a Texas woman who was brain dead in a coma and 22 weeks pregnant was ordered off life support. Carleton's story was not like that, and her family has hope that she will soon wake up and get to be a mother to her son.

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