Baby girl born to 'dead' mother

10:19, 13 January 2009
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An ice-skating star`s baby has been born two days after she collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage, a hospital has confirmed, accordigng to BBC.

Doctors at Oxford`s John Radcliffe hospital kept Jayne Soliman`s heart beating until they had delivered her baby daughter Aya Jayne on Friday.

Baby Aya was born prematurely at 25 weeks by Caesarean section weighing just over 2lb.

She is now being cared for by doctors at Reading`s Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The baby`s father Mahmoud Soliman is reported to have said: "It was Jayne`s one true wish to be a mum. She would have been a great mum. In the space of 48 hours I have experienced joy at the birth of my child and endured torment over losing my wonderful wife."

Although exceedingly rare, this is not the first time a baby has been kept alive in the womb of a dead mother.

In 1999, a boy was born at Cabuenes hospital in Gijon, northern Spain, on New Year`s Eve to a mother who had been clinically dead since mid-November.

Ms Soliman, 41 and a former member of the Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club in Southampton, Hants, competed in numerous international galas before taking up free skating professionally.

In 1989 she was both British champion and number seven in the world for professional free skating.

The National Ice Skating Association website pays tribute to Jayne saying she was a long standing a very popular member of the Southampton Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club.

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