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Woman gives birth to perfectly healthy boy despite being in coma

By Mason White 1:20 PM May 26, 2014
Brian Lande with West Nathaniel Lande 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A baby was born perfectly healthy despite the fact that his mother is in a coma, medical staff at a California hospital said.

The 39-year-old woman of Santa Cruz, who has been in a coma for more than 10 weeks, gave birth to the healthy baby boy on Monday.

Melissa Carleton gave birth by Caesarean section to West Nathaniel Lande, at 10:56 a.m. The baby weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

The father, police officer Brian Lande, said that he was happy to have a healthy baby. However, he said that it was extremely painful that his wife was not awake to share the big moment.

Several months ago, Carleton was rushed to emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. She has been in a coma ever since.

Lande hopes that Carleton will someday gain the ability to hold her baby.