Grand Rapids, Michigan – Christine Bolden, 26, was already brain dead from aneurysms, but doctors kept her on a respirator for a month to allow for the development of babies who were born prematurely at 25 weeks.
Nicholas and Alexander Bolden weighed less than 2 pounds when they were born by cesarean section on April 5, and remain on ventilators at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
The Muskegon woman collapsed in a parking lot due to aneurysms on March 1 and was declared brain dead five days later at the hospital next door, Spectrum Health Butterworth.
Doctors declared Christine brain dead, but her body remained on life support and housed her twin boys — Alexander and Nicholas — until they were brought to 25 weeks and were incredibly born April 17. 42 days after the mom was put on life support.
“Christine’s grandmother told them not to numb her because maybe when they cut her (for the C-section) she would have felt that, and woke up saying, ‘wait a minute I can feel that! What is you all doing to me!’ But it didn’t happen,’” Christine’s aunt, Danielle Bolden, told WOODTV8. “God could have took her and the boys. But he left the boys. That’s a miracle.”
She added, “Once the babies were born; that was the end of her.”
The twins have a good chance of survival after coming into the world due to a a rare procedure: Only 30 cases have ever been documented world wide.