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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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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.
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.
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