Canadian man fighting for unborn son inside ‘brain dead’ wife receives global outpouring of support

Posted By on February 6, 2014

Dylan and Robyn Benson on their wedding day.

VICTORIA, British Columbia, February 5, 2014 ( – The Canadian husband who is keeping his wife on life support to give his unborn son at 27 weeks gestation what he calls a “chance of survival” has received an overwhelming outpouring of international support, both moral and financial.

“I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to each and every one of you that have read our story and to those who have donated and/or shared,” Dylan Benson, 32, wrote on his blog yesterday.

“We are overwhelmed with the response from not only the community, but now the nation and beyond.”

The story broke earlier this week of Benson’s wife Robyn suffering a massive blood leak to her brain in December that put her in a coma while she was 22 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child. Doctors declared the expectant mother “brain dead” the day after her medical emergency.

The unborn child, referred to as a “fetus” by some mainstream publications, has been named Iver Cohen Benson.

Advocates for the right-to-life of the unborn immediately noticed a parallel between the circumstances faced by Benson and a Texas father who obtained a judge’s order that forced hospital staff to remove life support from his 33-year-old wife who had been pronounced “brain dead” while carrying their 22-week-old baby.

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