Mumbai: Doctors hope to revive comatose mother to reconnect with twins

The woman had given birth to twins, after which she suffered from a brain injury wherein her brain was deprived of oxygen and immediately went into coma after a Caesarean section surgery. Doctors are trying to revive her with a new method of neurological surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation

Mumbai: Doctors hope to revive comatose mother to reconnect with twins

Jaslok Hospital has performed a first-of-its-kind Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery on a woman who has been in persistent vegetative state for almost a year now.

The twins who haven’t even known the touch of their mother were conceived via In vitro fertilisation (IVF). The woman after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest along with being in the state of persistent vegetative state was brought to Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre and put on a ventilator for 20 days.

The woman had given birth to twins, after which she suffered from a global hypoxic brain injury wherein her brain was deprived of oxygen and immediately went into coma after a Caesarean section surgery.

During her initial days of sickness Dr Paresh Doshi suggested the family to wait for recovery before considering any options that could improve her consciousness. Apart from, episodes of sporadic crying there was no sign of improvement till January. Following which a decision of performing the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery was taken.

The operation was performed by Dr Paresh Doshi Director of Department of Neurosurgery at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai.

What is Deep Brain Surgery?

Deep Brain Surgery is a neurosurgical procedure in which a doctor implants a medical device i.e. a neurostimulator or brain pacemaker which sends electrical impulses through implanted electrodes to specific targets in the brain for treatment of movement and neuropsychiatric disorders.

DBS is one of the most progressive technologies used to solve complicated neurological cases and is likely to not just increase the life span but also improve the quality of life for the patients.

Dr Paresh Doshi, Director of Department of Neurosurgery at Jaslok Hospital explained, “I have performed many DBS surgeries in various individuals but this is the first time in India that a surgery like this is being performed on a comatose patient. It was a challenge and risky decision for me and my team to perform it on the woman who has many responsibilities of her children. The two 10 month old twins are yet to feel their mother’s touch.”

Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO at Jaslok Hospital said “As the mother has now successfully undergone the surgery and has shown signs of arousals during the surgery. The surgery has come as a ray of hope for a constant improvement by giving her progressive increase in the stimulation settings. We are optimistic that the family will soon live a happy and normal life as they have always dreamt of. Our expert doctors are trying their best to give her motherhood back.”