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Baby Iver Fund Exceeds Donation Goal to cover Medical Bills for Pregnant Mom on Life Support

Posted in Life Support with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2014 by saynsumthn

Dylan Wedding4c2153f604 A community is rallying to help a 32-year-old Victoria man facing an almost unimaginable set of circumstances as he awaits his first child’s entry into the world.

Hundreds of people have contributed to a fund in support of Dylan Benson, whose pregnant wife Robyn suffered a medical emergency after Christmas and was declared brain-dead.

She remains in a B.C. hospital on life-support until doctors feel the unborn child is viable enough for them to perform a caesarean section.

Benson says his unborn son was just over five months along and growing normally when Robyn complained of a headache and collapsed on Dec. 28.


In line with his wishes, hospital staff are now trying to keep her alive seven more weeks, until the fetus is 34 weeks old and has a better chance of survival outside the womb.

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“I got to feel him kick for the first time the other day,” said Benson.

However, the birth of a boy he intends to name Iver Cohen Benson will mean that his wife will be taken off life support. So far, Iver is healthy and continues to grow.


This story is similar to the one that received national attention recently in Texas when John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft Worth, relented to the death order of Judge RH Wallace Jr and pulled the plug on pregnant Marlise Munoz killing her unborn child.

The actions of JPS Mirrored those of convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell who were just “Following Orders” when they murdered children.

Just as in this case, the community rallied around the hope that out of a tragedy a new life would be born. In the Munoz case, about 50 people outside John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft Worth for a memorial service to remember Marlise Munoz and her unborn child who was killed when the hospital agreed to remove her from life support.

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The group, was organized by Operation Rescue and local activists.

The event peaceful and somber with several people holding flowers and singing Amazing Grace.

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“We’re very saddened that the baby is gone,” said Carol Novielli, who brought a rose and stuffed animal to remember the child.

Behind the scenes, local conservatives like State Representative Matt Krause said they spent the weekend trying to get the hospital and district attorney’s office to appeal the ruling.

“We at least were trying to get the hopsital board to have an emergency meeting to appeal Judge Wallace’s ruling,” he told WFAA.


As of Feb 4, 2014, the Baby Iver Fund has raised $81,478 out of a $36,000 goal.


On his website Dylan explains what happened, “On December 28th, I lost my wife to a sudden hemmorhage of blood to her brain. At the time, she was 22 weeks pregnant.

On that Saturday morning, she threw up, and then instantly started suffering from a piercing headache and asked me to go to the store to get some Tylenol for her. When I came back, she was unconscious, but still breathing in our bathroom. I called 911 immediately. The ambulance came, and they tried to get my wife to respond and for almost an hour before we went to the hospital. At the hospital they discovered that my wife had experienced a massive blood leak into the centre of her brain, and that there was so much blood and pressure and damage that it was irrepairable.

Devastatingly, my wife, Robyn, became brain dead. They performed an operation on my wife’s brain to drain some of the excess blood. Based on my decision, they are attempting to keep her body alive for up to 7 more weeks (potentially until she is at or near 34 weeks pregnant). Incredibly, they have been successful in doing this for 5 weeks now. The thought process behind this is that if they can keep her body alive and growing our child, it will give our unborn son (his name will be Iver Cohen Benson) a good chance of surviving a c-section at that time. The doctors have said that he now has higher than an 80% of survival and that increases with every day that passes. There are roughly 30 published medical records of this type of thing being attempted, but so far, amazingly, they have been successful. For the last 5 weeks, Robyn’s body has still been doing most of the work. Her heart rate and blood pressure are for the most part working unassisted. It is essentially only her brain that is not working, and unfortunately, she will not recover from the brain death.

Our family and close friends are all very supportive and all think that my wife would want me to try and give our child the best life possible, so that’s what I’m going to try and do. Assuming that the c-section is successful, of course my son will then spend the next several weeks in the hospital under intensive care until he is ready to be released to me.


My days right now consist of a lot of time with family and close friends, and of course time at the hospital visiting Iver and Robyn, and hoping every minute for their health to continue.

She was my rock. She did so much for us, and I can’t believe I won’t get to talk to her again. It is very difficult to know that our son will grow up never meeting his wonderful mother, and that we will have to say our goodbyes to Robyn within hours of seeing Iver for the first time.

Why we are raising funds and where they will go:

Due to the stress of this situation, and not knowing when they will attempt to deliver Iver (if Robyn’s body becomes unstable, they may need to deliver him within minutes or days), I am unable to work. The majority of my current and upcoming leave from work will leave me only earning 55% of my salary. I am about to become a single father. Paternity leave for men will only provide me with 35 weeks off from work, and it’s likely that I will be spending the first 6-8 of those in the hospital with Iver before I can take him home. I will need funds towards bills, baby supplies, daycare, housing, food, and transportation.

I sincerely appreciate everyone who took the time to read this and anyone who is able to help, regardless of the amount.

Thanks and take care,

Dylan and Iver “


Successful Births from Women who are deemed “Brain Dead” during pregnancy and kept alive on Life Support are rare and successful births are not uncommon in these cases.

Here are some more examples:

In 1982 a brain dead woman was put on life support for several days until her unborn child could be delivered.

Michele Odette Poole was delivered in 1985 after her mother was declared brain dead. Her father won a legal battle against the woman’s parents who had requested that life support be disconnected

In March of 1986, doctors successfully delivered a baby at the University of California’s Moffitt Hospital, whose mother was declared legally dead in January and was kept on life support to protect the child.

In November of 1991, Tracy Bucher gave birth to a baby boy after she was pronounced as brain dead. She was kept on life support for six weeks while her unborn child developed inside her.

In November of 1997, Lisa Nottingham was four months when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was declared brain dead in August. She was kept alive by a machine until her baby could safely be delivered the following November.

Susan Anne Catherine Tores was born in September of 2005 after her mother was kept on life support for three months after being pronounced legally dead. Despite heroic efforts the child succumbed to a respiratory illness and died a few days later.

In June of 2006, a brain dead woman kept alive for more than two months gave birth to a baby girl. She was named Christine and her last name was withheld by the media.