A brain dead mother must inevitably give birth by cesarean.
In a rare case, a 38-year-old mother who has been brain dead for four months has given birth to a baby boy in Saudi Arabia's eastern Al Khobar province.
A Gulf News report said that the baby boy was delivered 28 weeks and two days after conception and is in good condition at the Sa'ad Specialist Hospital.
"The mother was transferred to the hospital more than four months ago in a terrible state," Dr Samer Qarah, chief medical officer at Sa'ad Specialist Hospital, said.
"She was 11 weeks pregnant and was artificially fed and was given all necessary antibiotics," the Sabq news portal quoted him, as saying further.
With the mother brain dead, the medical team worked on preserving the baby's life in compliance with religious and medical ethics.
After 28 weeks, doctors decided to perform a caesarean due to the baby's condition worsening