GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) Two babies born to a mother declared 'brain dead' by doctors, are in critical condition at DeVos Children's Hospital.
Their mother, Christine Bolden, suffered a brain aneurysm in early March but was kept on a respirator for a month to allow the birth of twin boys. The boys were born by cesarean section at 25 weeks on April 5.
Hospital spokesman Bruce Rossman says Nicholas and Alexander will likely remain in the hospital for several weeks.
Rossman says their mother was declared brain dead March 6th but at the request of family, doctors kept the 26-year-old Muskegon woman on a respirator until it was time to remove the boys.
Rossman says the case was reviewed by an ethics committee at the hospital. He says it "wasn't that difficult." He says the babies are on ventilators and getting around-the-clock care.
The children were just a pound and a half at birth. Rossman says the babies had to make it past 24 weeks to be considered viable.