Woman in coma gives birth to healthy baby boy

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Melissa Carleton, still in a semi-comatose state, gave birth by cesarean section to West Nathaniel Lande at 10:56 a.m. The baby came in at 5 pounds 9 ounces.

Lande said he is hopeful Carleton will one day recover to hold their baby. Her prognosis is uncertain.

SANTA CRUZ, CA (KSBW) - A 39-year-old Santa Cruz woman who has been in a coma for more than 10 weeks gave birth to a healthy baby boy Thursday.

Melissa Carleton, still in a semi-comatose state, gave birth by cesarean section to West Nathaniel Lande at 10:56 a.m. The baby came in at 5 pounds 9 ounces.

"I was just so happy to have a healthy baby, healthy son," said Brian Lande, Carleton's husband. "It's a feeling of immense relief joy and immense sorrow for Melissa not able to be awake for it."

The past few months have been filled with anxiety for Lande after Carleton was rushed into emergency surgery to remove a large brain tumor.

Lande said he is hopeful Carleton will one day recover to hold their baby. Her prognosis is uncertain.


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