Peter Baklinski


Brain dead mother delivers twins before dying

Peter Baklinski

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Michigan, May 2, 2012 ( – A 26-year-old mother who was pregnant with twins was declared brain dead after suffering two serious brain aneurysms. The mother was kept on life support until high blood pressure forced the doctors to deliver the twins through an emergency cesarean section, according to 24 Hours News 8.

Christine Bolden was leaving a building with her boyfriend and young daughter in March when she suddenly experienced an excruciating pain in her head, said Christine’s aunt Danielle Bolden. The pregnant mother immediately collapsed and appeared to have entered into a deep sleep.

Once at the hospital, Christine’s family members said they struggled to accept that two ruptured arteries in Christine’s brain had left her permanently brain dead, especially when an ultrasound revealed that the twins where alive and healthy inside the mother’s womb.

“It was a hurting feeling, going [to the hospital] seeing her lying there,” recalled Danielle Bolden.

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While the family grieved over Christine and her dire situation, they held onto the hope that the twins would somehow make it through.

“We used to rub on her belly and talk to the babies,” recalled Danielle.

Doctors told the family that Christine would be kept on life support for as long as the babies were safe in their mother’s womb.

Danielle recalled that it was difficult knowing that the birth of the babies would signal the end of Christine’s life.

After weeks on life support, Christine’s blood pressure was excessively high and doctors rushed to save the twins. The twin boys entered the world at only 25 weeks, while their mother peacefully passed away.

Alexander and Nicholas each weighed about a pound and a half and each measured only about six inches.

As the family joyfully greeted the newest members of their family, they said a tearful farewell to the boys’ mother.

The twins are in critical condition in the neonatal intensive care unit of Spectrum Health hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan where doctors work around the clock to help the youngsters gain weight and develop.

“God, he could have took her and the boys,” said Danielle. “But he left the boys. That’s a miracle.”

Editors Note: Christine Bolden’s family has set up an account at Fifth Third Bank in Christine’s name for anyone who would like to support the family.

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