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Baby born without a brain

My friends niece had a baby born with anencephaly, which means he was born without a brain. But has a brain stem which allows breathing and heart beat. Does any one know anything about this? How long does a baby usually sustain life until it dies from this? Im just amazed, I had no idea a human body could function without a brain and just with the brain stem alone. He will never be able to do anything of course but its so sad. Hes perfect in every other way.
Asked On : Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Most don't survive past a few days. I know this sounds a little out of place, but most of the time the docotr asks the parent to consider donating the baby's organs. Usually they are perfectly healthy except they don't have a brain.
Answered: Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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