In early February, 22 year old Karla Perez of Waterloo suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Perez was 22 weeks pregnant and the baby was not developed enough to survive outside the womb. Dr. Todd Lovgren is a maternal – fetal physician at Methodist Women’s Hospital and says her family requested that Perez remain on life support until the baby could survive outside her womb. He says after consulting a team of physicians and experts they made the decision to prolong Perez’s pregnancy to give the baby a chance at survival.
A team of up to 100 medical staff monitored Perez on life support for 8 weeks until April 4th when her condition deteriorated and the decision was made to perform a c-section. Doctors then delivered baby boy, Angel, at 2 pounds – 12 ounces and he continues to thrive at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Perez was also an organ donor and legacy now lives on in others. Perez also leaves behind a daughter, Genesis, who is almost three.