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Survival: How Amazing!!

Monday, January 19th, 2009 Survival: How Amazing!!

A baby girl has been born two days after her mother was declared brain dead.

The mother a former ice-skating champion collapsed from a brain haemorrhage. Doctors at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital kept Jayne Soliman’s heart beating until they had delivered her baby daughter Aya Jayne on Friday.

Baby Aya was born prematurely at 25 weeks by Caesarean section weighing just over 2lb.

She is now being cared for by doctors at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Jayne Soliman was declared brain-dead but doctors managed to keep her heart beating until they had delivered her daughter, Aya Jayne, by Caesarean section.

Mrs Soliman, 41, was only 25 weeks pregnant when she collapsed in her bedroom at home in Bracknell, Berkshire, having gone to bed complaining of a headache. She was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but was pronounced brain-dead hours later, on Wednesday evening. Doctors said that she had suffered a haemorrhage caused by an aggressive tumour.

Mrs Soliman was given huge doses of steroids to help the unborn child’s lungs to develop. Two days later, Aya was born, weighing less than 2 lb 2 oz (about 1kg). She was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where she remained last night.

The baby’s father Mahmoud Soliman, 29, is reported to have said: “It was Jayne’s one true wish to be a mum. She would have been a great mum. In the space of 48 hours I have experienced joy at the birth of my child and endured torment over losing my wonderful wife.”

“It’s just something you can’t conceive – turning off your wife’s life-support machine and then going to see your newborn daughter.”

Mr Phillips’s wife, Lucine, 38, who was present at the delivery of Aya, said: “A midwife picked tiny Aya up and put her little face up to Jayne’s. It was just like welcoming any new baby into the world . . . but we also had to say goodbye to Jayne.”

Mr Soliman was unable to hold Aya immediately because she was in intensive care, Mrs Phillips said, but he was given a photograph of her: “I could tell from his face that he was overcome with emotion.”

Mahmoud Soliman said that his daughter had been named Aya after the Muslim word for miracle. “That is the name Jayne took when she became a Muslim and our daughter is also a miracle so I named her after her mum,” he said.

“She is so tiny, but she is a little fighter just like her mother.”

Fellow skater Abbie Baldwin, who was coached by Jayne, said: “It’s absolutely devastating. She was the happiest person you could ever wish to meet.

“None of us can wait long enough to tell Aya exactly what her mum was like.”

As Jayne Campbell, Mrs Soliman competed in numerous international skating galas during the 1980s. In 1989 she was the British professional champion as well as the No 7 in the world for professional free skating. She remained involved in the sport, moving to teach figure skating in Dubai, where she met her husband.

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