Baby Angel Perez was welcomed into the world on April 4, 2015, but the happiness of his birth is complicated by the tragedy that surrounds it. His mother, 22-year-old Karla Perez, suffered a brain bleed 54 days earlier, and was left brain-dead as a result.
After complaining of a severe headache, Perez collapsed on February 8. She was just 22 weeks pregnant, and doctors knew her baby was too young to survive outside the womb.
According to NBC News, a team of more than 100 doctors, nurses, and staff worked to keep her alive until she reached 32 weeks so they could deliver her baby via C-section.
Unfortunately, Perez’s condition worsened, and baby Angel had to be delivered at 30 weeks, weighing just two pounds and 12.6 ounces.
“Our team took a giant leap of faith,” Sue Korth, vice president and COO of Methodist Women’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do.”
Baby Angel is currently in an incubator and is being fed through a tube. Dr. Brady Kerr, a neonatologist, said they are “cautiously optimistic.”