A premature but healthy baby has been born to a woman who had been declared brain dead two days previously, media reported on Tuesday.
Doctors at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital kept Jayne Soliman’s heart beating until they had delivered her baby daughter, Aya, on Friday.
Baby Aya was born prematurely at 25 weeks by Caesarean section weighing just over 2lb.
She is now being taken cared for by doctors at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Jayne, a former British professional ice-skating champion who, as Jayne Campbell, competed internationally throughout the 1980s, had collapsed at her home in Berkshire after suffering a fatal brain haemorrhage.
Doctors said Jayna, 41, was given huge doses of steroids to help the unborn child’s lungs to develop.
David Phillips, 48, a close friend and fellow skater who was with Soliman at the hospital, said that her husband, Mahmoud Soliman, had had “the best and the worst day of his life”.
“It’s just something you can’t conceive — turning off your wife’s life-support machine and then going to see your newborn daughter.”
Mahmoud 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.