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A pregnant international sportswoman was kept alive long enough to deliver a “miracle baby” boy before her life support was switched off.

Canoeist Catarina Sequeira, 26, was tragically declared brain dead in December after she suffered an acute asthma attack while she was 19 weeks pregnant.

In the second case in Portugal of a baby born to a mother who was brain dead, she was reportedly able to give birth at almost 32 weeks pregnant.

The baby boy, named Salvador, was born via Caesarean section on Thursday – a day earlier than intended – because Catarina’s respiratory condition was deteriorating, the BBC reports .

Catarina was a talented canoeist who had represented her country in the sport, but she had suffered asthma since she was a child.

For 56 days she was in an induced coma, kept alive via a ventilator to allow her baby to survive in her womb, according to reports.

Baby Salvador, born healthy and well at 3.75lbs, is being cared for in a neonatal hospital for at least the next three weeks, local reports say…Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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