Boy born prematurely to comatose mother in Vietnam hospital stable

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A baby boy born prematurely to a comatose woman is in stable condition, a Hanoi hospital said Wednesday.


Vu Dang, born to Ha Thi Ngan, 27, of Hai Phong city, who fell into a  coma more than three months ago, is recovering well after doctors performed a C-section June 11, Bach Mai Hospital said.


He weighed two kilograms after being born seven weeks prematurely.


Ngan, who was in the 33rd week of pregnancy, was transferred from Viet Tiep Hospital in Hai Phong to Bach Mai Hospital June 11 when she had convulsions and was unconscious.


Ngan fell into a coma in the 20th week of pregnancy and did not regain consciousness ever since.


Doctors said Ngan had Japanese encephalitis, and usually fell into epileptic fits.


Dang was in bad condition at birth. His body was purple, his reactions were feeble, and he suffered from breathing difficulties and metabolic disorder as a result of the large quantities of drugs pumped into his mother to keep the two of them alive.


He had also been at risk of cerebral palsy, according to doctors.


He had been put on a ventilator, and his condition gradually improved.


Now he has put on 100 grams, can drink milk and looks normal.


His brain functions normally, doctors said.


But his mother is still unconscious, and doctors fear she is unlikely to recover.


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