Doctors successfully delivered the baby boy and girl by caesarean section in an unprecedented birth hailed as a "miracle", but their 21-year-old mum died following the procedure.
Twins have been born to the brain dead mother who was kept alive on life support for four months in a tragic case that has made medical history.
She was kept alive for 123 days - the longest period ever - after suffering a stroke while nine weeks pregnant.
Her husband has told how doctors made the ground-breaking decision to put her on life support and save the embryos after their tiny hearts continued to beat in her womb.
The babies' fight for life reduced doctors at a hospital in Campo Largo, Brazil, to tears as they decorated the space around Frankielen's bed with her pictures.
They also took turns singing to the unborn babies as they caressed her belly and talking to the growing foetuses in a bid to substitute the mother's love.
The unique case involved many complications stabilised only through the continuous intervention of medications to prevent the young mum's body from shutting down.
After the ventilator was switched off in February, her heart and kidneys were donated to save the lives of two others.
Muriel, a farmer, rushed to his home to find his wife shaking, crying, dizzy and vomiting from the pain.
"Before reaching hospital, she said 'I want you to be prepared to accept this because I will be staying there, I won't be coming home.'
"Then she passed out and those were the last words she spoke to me and the last time I saw her alive." He said.
Doctors diagnosed her with a cerebral haemorrhage – a vein had burst inside her head and she arrived at the hospital with severe bleeding on the brain.
After three days conducting a battery of tests and scans, physicians declared the young mum brain dead and warned Muriel there was no hope for the twins.
The distraught husband said: "They told me they would give the babies three more days of life because they had given my wife multiple CT scans, sedated her with powerful drugs and pumped her full of antibiotics and this meant everything had ended up in our babies.
"They said as soon as their little hearts stopped beating, they would turn off the gadgets and I would be able to bury my wife."
Only the babies' hearts didn't stop.
Dr Dalton Rivabem, head of Neurological ICU, who was responsible for the case, said: "We did an ultrasound on the embryos thinking they would be failing in the womb but to our surprise they were clinging to life.
"Frankielen's(The Mom) organs were all intact and working as if she was still with us. We took the decision to keep her alive to save her unborn children. And every day we watched them grow normally."
He said: "There have been other cases, but ours is the longest one with 123 days - four months, and we started with embryos at two months and delivered twins.
"It was an extremely challenging case which required intensive multidisciplinary work.
Medical treatment was based on 24-hour hemodynamic monitoring, measuring blood pressure in the veins, heart and arteries, along with blood flow and the amount of oxygen coursing through the body. The twins were checked by ultrasound every day.
Dr Rivabem said: "One of our main concerns was to keep the organ functions continual for the babies to grow and develop."
“Finally they are born and are healthy and we are thankful to god.”
Indeed an incredible feat, hope they will find the love of their mother in the story of how they were born and how the will of their mother kept them alive.
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