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'Dead' woman gives birth to premature twins in US

A woman who died from a brain aneurysm has given birth to twins after her body was kept alive for a month on a respirator.

Christine Bolden collapsed on March 1 while walking in Michigan, Detroit, US, with her boyfriend and three-year-old son.

Five days later she was pronounced brain-dead by doctors. An obituary for the 26-year-old lists her date of death as March 6.

But almost a month later she has given birth to twins after being kept on life support.

Ms Bolden, who also has an 11-year-old son, gave birth to Nicholas and Alexander -- names she had chosen before her collapse -- on April 5 after a 25-week pregnancy.

Her life support was turned off shortly afterwards. The premature twins weighed less than 2lb each and are being kept in isolation.

Ms Bolden's aunt, Danyell Bolden, said that the family prayed for the children to survive.

"We used to rub on her belly and talk to the babies," she said. "It was an impossible mix of emotions, knowing that once the babies were born that was the end of her.

"God could have taken her and the boys. But he left the boys. That's a miracle."

Dr Cosmas Vandeven, who specialises in high-risk pregnancies at University of Michigan hospital, said Ms Bolden's case was exceptional.

"Almost every parent would give their life for their child," Dr Vandeven said. "But you need to get truly independent opinions: are we sure we're not causing harm to the mum?"

He said 70pc of babies born at 25 weeks survived. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent