Woman in coma gives birth to healthy baby

SAN FRANCISCO - Doctors in San Francisco have delivered a baby to a woman who went into a coma in March after a brain tumor caused her to have a seizure.

The baby's new father now finds himself in the difficult position of taking care of his son while hoping for his wife to wake up.

West Nathaniel Lande was born at five pounds, nine ounces.

"He's got his mom's nose and his mom's ears and he's opening his eyes and looking around already," said Brian Lande.

Lande is a proud father, but he and his wife Melissa are facing challenges unlike most new parents.

Melissa Carleton suffered a seizure following treatment for a benign brain tumor. She's been in a coma since March, yet brought her baby to full term.

"Having to worry that we really weren't going to get either. To at least know that I've got one of them now," said Brian.

Doctors delivered west via C-section at 10:56 a.m. Thursday.

"As happy as I am to meet my son, it is incredibly painful for Melissa not to be awake with me for this," said Brian.

Melissa's injury to her brain is in the area that controls wakefulness, so she still may be aware of what is happening. Before surgery she moved Brian's hand to her stomach, where the baby was kicking.

"She was able to reach up and touch my face. She puckered for a kiss. These are things we've waited for for months to happen and she did them today," said Brian.

Now that West has arrived, Brian will be balancing a new baby, Melissa's continued treatment, and eventually returning to work as a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy.

"I'm overwhelmed I have no idea what I need right now. I just can't see further than my nose," said Brian.


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