Mum gives birth to healthy baby girl while in a COMA fighting for her life due to brain bleed – The Sun

A YOUNG mum has given birth to healthy baby girl while in a COMA as she fights for her life due to a catastrophic brain bleed.

Caitlin Stubbs, 25, was 32 weeks pregnant when she suffered a brain aneurysm which plunged her into a coma, leaving doctors with no option but to deliver the baby via caesarean.

The 25-year-old new mum gave birth to baby Quinn at the Royal Brisbane Hospital on July 24.

But she is completely unaware of the news as she’s still unconscious while trying to recover from an Arteriovenous Malformation.

A GoFundMe page set up by Caitlin's sister Jayne reads: "Quinn spent the first three weeks of her life in NNICU whilst her mother fought for her own life in ICU.

"Caitlin’s time in ICU was the battle of her life.

"She had to fight numerous infections in her brain and ongoing bleeds in her brain. She needed help to breathe."

Fiancé Jonathon Welsh, who had proposed just weeks before, has been by Caitlin's side "watching hopelessly" as he contemplates an uncertain future.


On July 23, the expectant mum started feeling unwell, complaining of a headache down the back of her neck.

Her fiancé called an ambulance when she started vomiting but by the time they reached the hospital, Caitlin had fallen into a coma.

Doctors performed an emergency C-section, fearing she wouldn’t survive the night.

Jonathon described the orderal to 9News: "She was talking about a headache and was feeling unwell, and she said the headache was up and down the back of her neck.

"Then she started vomiting and I called the ambulance.

"They said they didn't think she'd make it through the night, and everything was pretty negative but I knew she would make it.

"Then they said she'd be brain dead, but she's definitely not."


The young mum is slowly regaining consciousness, but has a long road to recovery ahead.

The GoFundMe page reads: "She will need extensive rehabilitation plus future surgeries not limited to but including the removal of the AVM from her brain.
"She will require intensive Physiotherapy, OT and Speech Therapy among other remedial therapies."

Quinn, who is now six weeks old, was released to go home on Monday.

Her dad said: "She smiles whenever I tickle her with my beard."


Caitlin suffers from Arteriovenous Malformation, a condition that leaves her arteries and veins with a higher than normal bleeding rate.

She was about to begin treatment for the condition when she found out she was pregnant and was unable to undergo the prescribed radio therapy.

It was a smaller brain bleed that she suffered on the morning of July 23 when she woke up feeling unwell.

Caitlin's prognosis is still unknown due to the nature of the brain injuries.

But the family is hoping for the best and Jonathon wrote over a Facebook group set up to support the couple: "One girl home one to go!"



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And in June, a baby boy was born after his heavily pregnant mum was stabbed to death.

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