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September 3, 1982

Life Support and Maternal Brain Death During Pregnancy

JAMA. 1982;248(9):1089-1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330090059030

Improved life support for premature infants and their mothers has increased the possibility of successful pregnancy outcome in the face of inexorably fatal maternal injury or disease. From the 24th to the 27th weeks of gestation, the chances for fetal survival increase from 36% to 76%; therefore, during this part of pregnancy, vigorous life support for the mother with brain death can be of value.

(JAMA 1982;248:1089-1091)