Miracle twin babies born to brain dead mother on life support


December 11 2018

A family in Brazil mourned the loss of a mother while also celebrating the birth of her twin babies.

Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha died from a stroke when she was nine weeks pregnant with the twins. She was only 21 years old.

Ms Padilha and her husband, Muriel

Ms Padilha and her husband, Muriel

When doctors realised that the babies’ hearts were still beating they discovered that although Frankielen was dead, her body was still keeping her children alive.

“We did an ultrasound on the embryos, thinking they would be failing in the womb but, to our surprise, they were clinging to life,” said her physician, Dr. Dalton Rivabem.

Doctors then decorated her hospital room, sang and talked to the babies growing in their mother’s womb.

After 123 days, the babies were born via caesarean section and kept in an incubator for three months.

Ms Padhila's babies, Ana and Asaph

Ms Padhila's babies, Ana and Asaph

Ms Silva’s mother, Angela, initially looked after the babies, Ana and Asaph, while their father worked.

“I'm so proud of my daughter,” she said. “It's been hard losing her but she was a warrior right until the end, protecting her beautiful children and giving them life until the day she finally died.”

Her husband Muriel Padilha also paid tribute to his brave wife.

“Frankielen was a generous and loving person. I believe God chose her for this purpose so a miracle could happen,” he said.