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12 / 01 / 2009 - Baby girl born to `dead` mother
An ice-skating star's baby has been born two days after she collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage, a hospital has confirmed.
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.
She is now being cared for by doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
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.
Source : BBC