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Man welcomes newborn son, says goodbye to brain-dead wife

Man Welcomes Baby Boy, Says Goodbye To Brain-Dead Wife
A Canadian man has to say goodbye to his brain-dead wife just one day after he welcomed his newborn son into the world.

'Dylan Benson's wife, Robyn, was declared brain dead back in December. She was just 22 weeks pregnant at the time, but doctors were able to keep her body functioning just long enough so that her baby could keep growing.' (Via WTTE)

On Saturday, doctors delivered the couple's newborn son, Iver. A hospital spokesperson told CNN the baby is currently in a neonatal intensive care unit and could be there for eight more weeks.

Benson wrote on his Facebook page that little Iver is doing well - he's healthy and pretty darn cute to boot. But he's still trying to cope with the loss of his beloved wife.

"It's the best thing that's happened to me as far as having him here, and obviously there's nothing worse than losing your partner,' Benson said.

Robyn Benson was declared brain-dead just a few hours after she told her husband she had a 'terrible, terrible headache' and sent him out to get some Tylenol.

When Dylan got home, Robyn was unresponsive but still breathing. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital where doctors found she had suffered a brain hemorrhage. She was 22 weeks pregnant.

Doctors told Dylan they could keep his wife alive until their baby was ready to be born via a cesarean section. That day came Saturday at 7:12 p.m., reports The Vancouver Sun.

Dylan said he hoped Robyn could be kept on a ventilator for a few more weeks after Iver's birth. But just hours after the surgery, doctors took her off life support, and she died.

Benson is still trying to cope with the idea of raising his son without his wife, but he has lots of support pouring in from all over the world from those who have heard his heartbreaking story.

A fundraiser started on YouCaring.com for the new dad quickly surpassed its goal of $36,000. As of Wednesday morning, people had donated more than $180,000 to help Dylan with Iver's expenses.

Dylan says that even though Iver was born at a tiny two pounds, 13 ounces, he's doing very well.

He even has a little bit of red hair already, just like his mom's.

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dr9524 February 13 2014 at 8:13 PM

So different from the death of a mom in Texas. The husband couldn't wait to have her removed

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Bonnie February 13 2014 at 11:05 PM

She was only 14 weeks BIG DIFFERENCE BUDDY.
Plus she had a DNR. The baby would not have survived at 14 weeks. So don't make judgement on people when you have no Idea.

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Happypoolprune February 13 2014 at 11:12 PM

The difference is that this woman was 22 weeks pregnant not 14 - when she was declared brain dead - and this child wasn't going to be deformed - whereas the woman in Tx - her baby was showing signs of b eing deformed and also had water on the brain - She was taken off the ventilator at 22 weeks - not put on it.

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victoriagolfgirl February 13 2014 at 5:55 PM

"I am with you and will watch over you..." Genesis 28:15

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Cindy February 13 2014 at 1:35 PM

This man made a good decision. He let the doctors keep her alive long enough so she could deliver their son.

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Jennifer T. February 13 2014 at 3:24 PM

As it turns out, she was a 22 weeks when she was declared brain dead, so it wasn't as if it was for very long.

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JMRCENTERS February 13 2014 at 7:58 AM

such a heart breakin story...I pray and hope that litle Ivan becomes stronger everyday and that his mom will help the Dr's; by guiding their hands &granting them the wisdom to give her son the best care . May Benson find strength through his son to continue to live life to the fullest.

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frankdlu February 13 2014 at 7:25 AM

GOD BLESS THEM....WHAT A TRAGEDY...

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CardiotechPatty February 13 2014 at 6:20 AM

May this little family be blessed from here on out. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother (little one). What a precious gift she gave to you before she left this world. May God bless and sustain you through the very difficult times ahead. What is supposed to be the happiest time in life turned so tragic..... heartfelt condolences . Prayers.

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pancreaticdefect February 13 2014 at 3:36 AM

This hits very close to home. My wife suffered a brain hemorrhage after about 14 hours of labor. Luckily she survived but is permanently disabled as a result. I cant even imagine how hard it would have been if I'd lost her as even in her current state she is capable of watching our now 2 year old daughter for the whole day while I take care of everything else. I hope this man has a very good support group as he's going to need it immensely.

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Joe February 13 2014 at 3:07 AM

My deepest sympathy to you, Dylan. Losing Robyn is sad for so many reasons. I can only hope that the joy of having a son (Iver) will help to keep a part of her alive and give you the strength to overcome the difficulties that you will surely face as a single father with a newborn to raise. I hope that Robyn's family and yours will come together like guardian angels to protect and comfort you both in the long journey ahead. Keep a nice picture of Robyn in the baby's room so that he'll grow up knowing the face of mom. Best wishes to you both....

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Mary February 13 2014 at 1:08 AM

so sad,please forgive god and thank him for your child. My heart breaks for you.

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chetrbronx01 February 13 2014 at 12:44 AM

Its such a shame. Thank g-d the baby lived .My prayers are with you we need better early preventive care&,tests should start at a young age and a Full exam with the knowledge of Medicine that is available.I,understand you can leave the Dr.,office and events happen ,but to many of our young don't get the care they just don't go in and care is so important.

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