Comatose Mom Has Baby Boy
Melissa Carleton suffered seizure 2 months ago
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 1:11 PM CDT
Melissa Carelton and husband Brian Lande.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – A Fresno woman gave birth to healthy baby boy this week, a development making headlines because she herself is in a coma. Melissa Carleton, 39, delivered West Nathaniel Lande via C-section with husband Brian Lande by her side, reports the Fresno Bee. Carleton was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor while pregnant, and she suffered a major seizure two months ago. Though she hasn't been conscious since, she was able to carry her baby to full term.

"As happy as I am to meet my son, it is incredibly painful for Melissa not to be awake with me for this," Lande tells KTVU-TV. Still, he thinks his wife might be aware on some level. Before surgery, he says she moved his hand to her stomach and even puckered for a kiss. "She did wake up a little bit when he came in the room and first cried," he says. "And Melissa and baby were face-to-face, and her eyes were open." Doctors aren't sure whether she will fully recover. In the meantime, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. (Click to read about another new mom who went into a coma after wisdom teeth surgery.)

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Debbie Detmer
May 25, 2014 11:08 AM CDT
Prayers sent for this poor mother and baby and his father. May God see you all thorough this whatever the outcome be.
Arthur Machado
May 25, 2014 9:16 AM CDT
I think we should have done like the dad in Texas who killed his brain dead wife so the baby would die. No reason to have a baby without a mom in the world, and just to be clear what if it had birth defects and prior to birth it was only a fetus. And yes this is sarcasm.
SpamFace Plant
May 25, 2014 8:22 AM CDT
Need to crowd fund since they don't have Obama care or opted out for stuff since they are young and bulletproof???