By Dave Andrusko
Back in April, NRL News Today reported on the miraculous birth of little Angel Perez, whose mom Karla Perez, had collapsed at home in Waterloo, Nebraska in early February after complaining of a bad headache. Tragically, Ms. Perez was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage–a severe brain bleed–and doctors determined that the 22-year-old mother was brain-dead.
But the family wanted everything possible done to save Angel, who was 22 weeks old at the time. Thanks to the dedication of over 100 doctors and nurses, Angel was born April 4 weighing a little under three pounds, 54 days after his mother had been declared brain-dead.
Tuesday Angel, now four pounds heavier, was released from Methodist Women’s Hospital. Methodist Hospital spokesperson Claudia Bohn said in an update, “He is now over 6 pounds and I’m told is a good little eater!”
Perez was 22 weeks pregnant at the time of her hemorrhage. During the course of the next seven weeks, more than 100 doctors and nurses would monitor Angel’s growth.
Miraculously, Angel continued to grow until April 4 when his mother’s body began to shut down. Medics performed an emergency caesarean section.
At birth baby Angel tipped the scales at just 2lbs, 12.6oz. He was rushed to a special neonatal intensive care unit and was fitted with a breathing tube.
“Our team took a giant leap of faith,” said Sue Korth, vice president of Methodist Women’s Hospital. “We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do. I couldn’t be more proud of our medical team and the more than 100 staff who were a part of her care. Karla’s loss of life was difficult, but the legacy she has left behind is remarkable.”
But, of course, as happy as the family is that baby Angel is safely at home, they grieve for the loss of Karla Perez.
Prior to the baby’s release, Modesto Jimenez, Perez’s mother, told KETV Newswatch 7 “she’s been writing a diary for baby Angel and his three-year-old sister about stories of their mother.”
“Every day we come to the hospital she asks about her mother, I tell her, her mother is no longer here and is always watching over her, and is an angel up in heaven,” Jimenez said through an interpreter.