ALBANY, N.Y. — A 26-weeks pregnant woman, paralyzed since she was mistakenly injected with an anti-cancer drug last month, gave birth to a baby girl by Caesarean section Saturday, medical officials said.
Doctors at Albany Medical Center Hospital said the 1-pound, 15-ounce girl was breathing on her own as well as on a respirator and has a 60% chance of surviving. The child was named Lillian Kathy.
Dr. Anthony Tartaglia, the hospital's vice president of patient and clinical affairs, said a decision was made Saturday morning to induce the birth after Lillian Cedeno, 21, developed breathing difficulties overnight, and X-rays confirmed that her lungs had been injured by her brain damage.
Cedeno of Schenectady was undergoing chemotherapy for a malignant tumor in her sinuses on Feb. 27 when staff residents misread the label on a syringe and incorrectly injected a drug called vincristine into her spinal column.