Brain-Dead Woman's Baby Safely Delivered
Canadian dies soon after healthy son born
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 2:13 AM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2014 4:40 AM CST
Dylan and Robyn Benson, both 32, were married last July.   (

(Newser) – Joy and sorrow for Dylan Benson of Victoria, British Columbia: He welcomed a healthy baby son into the world on Saturday night, but had to say goodbye to wife Robyn soon afterward. She was declared brain dead late last year after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while five months pregnant and had been kept on life support until it was safe to deliver the baby. She died Sunday, hours after son Iver Cohen Benson was delivered at just 28 weeks, weighing two pounds, 13 ounces. "I don't think I have the right words to describe it," the new father tells the Vancouver Sun. "It's the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time." The couple were married just seven months ago but had met as teens 16 years ago.

After Iver was born, "we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met," Benson wrote in a Facebook post last night. "I miss Robyn more than words can explain. I could not be more impressed with her strength, and I am so lucky to have known her. She will live on forever within Iver, and in my heart." Iver will remain in the hospital until he is healthy enough to go home, the CBC reports. A fundraising appeal for the father and son has now raised $178,000, far above the initial goal of $36,000. The Sun notes only 30 similar cases have ever been reported in medical journals.

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Feb 15, 2014 12:29 PM CST
All this arguing about this one case is just stupid. Its a smoke-screen to conceal the FACT that MOST abortions have nothing to do with abnormal fetuses, birth defects, or rape. The majority of abortions are done for selfish reasons such as timing, convenience, or just plain "I don't want a baby"...Every time the subject of abortion comes up all the raving feminist trot out such rare incidences as these to make their case. They are just plain evil. GOD will punish them. KEEP YOUR DAMN LEGS CROSSED AND YOU WONT GET PREGNANT OK? GET SOME DAMN MORALS. I'm just plain sick of these bitches.
Feb 13, 2014 4:11 PM CST
Some people here are actually angry that the baby puts a big hole in their pro-abortion argument that it's not a life. And rouses a lot of guilt from those who have done that dastardly deed--MURDERED their own children, kinda shines the light of day on them and I always knew it...TRUTH always will out in the end.
Feb 12, 2014 3:01 PM CST
I am sure that as a true mother Robyn would have wanted it this way. I can only conjecture that both she and her husband were on the same track about the situation. Best wishes to Dylan and Iver.