Another Brain Dead Mother Being Sustained to (hopefully) Allow the Baby to be Born

[ By on July 14, 2014 ]

Robyn Benson suffered from a fatal brain hemorrhage and is brain dead.  Yet, her husband hopes to keep her on life support to allow their unborn baby to develop until 34 weeks.  How is this different from the case of Marlise Munoz?

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2 Comments on “Another Brain Dead Mother Being Sustained to (hopefully) Allow the Baby to be Born”

  1. KNF

    I agree with Mr. Benson’s decision to keep his wife on life support because their is the possibility that the fetus will be able to develop and hopefully will be born as a functioning baby. I personally believe that every living thing as the right to life. Moreover although the kid will grow up without a mother, I believe the kid will still be raised properly by his father and his immediate family. Furthermore, even if the probability that there are complications with the birth is high, I believe the risk is worth it because everyone deserves to live, even if they have some birth defects. Thus I agree with Mr. Benson’s stance in the situation and that the family should wait out the 34 months, to see if the fetus is able to survive.

  2. KNF

    After reading this article entitled, “Brain-Dead, a Canadian Woman Remains a Silent Partner Awaiting Birth,” I find that I am beyond conflicted. In hearing the story of Robyn Benson, I immediately feel overwhelmed with emotions. I am not only confused, but also, concerned. In hearing Mr. Benson claim that, “[Robyn’s] family and my friends are all very supportive and all think that [his] wife would want [him] to try,” I really got wondering… is this really what Robyn would want? While Mr. Benson claims: “On one hand I can’t wait to meet my son and try and give him the best life possible and try my hardest to be a great dad for him, on the other hand I know that the day or the day after he is born will be the day that I have to say goodbye to Robyn. It is so tough to see her every day,” I wonder how Ms. benson would react knowing that her husband was more invested in attending to their partially-developed child than her half-dead body. Although I cannot decide weather I support or disagree with Mr. Benson’s decision, I do share some concerns with his argument… I, like Matt believe that every human life is both precious and valuable, yet I wonder if keeping a brain-dead woman, something known to be “very risky” with many complications (such as developmental problems and birth defects) is be the right decision. If Mr. Benson were to carry out the birth of his child, what if he could not recover from the trauma of his wife’s eventual death, and failed to be a supportive, good” father? What would happen if Mr. Benson, a single dad, became unable to handle the responsibilities of maintaining a child (let alone one with birth defects)? Is the constant reminder of his wife’s tragic accident (his child) a further risk to his own health? * As the article stated perfectly, “While having a relatively young mother with a short time to be kept functioning increases the chances of a successful birth, the decision to go ahead with life support must also address one difficult question: Would it have been the mother’s wish? Not all women, [said Jeffrey P. Spike, a professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,] would want to see their child brought into the world without a mother.”

    * That wasn’t meant to sound so sinister…

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