A 23-year-old Woodbridge woman, who suffered burns over 58 percent of her body in a car accident three weeks ago, gave birth yesterday to a healthy 5-pound, 11-ounce boy at Washington Hospital Center.

Wanda Lee Poe of 1304 Bayside Ave. was in serious but stable condition after the 7 a.m. birth of her baby.

"There are only 19 or 20 cases recorded in medical history in which a woman with burns so extensive gave birth to a live child, or even survived," said Dr. Milton Werthmann, a neonatologist who examined the baby.

Poe's baby -- still unnamed last night -- was delivered naturally, after it had been determined a caesarean section was not necessary.

In most cases, when a pregnant woman suffers extensive burns, the burns become infected, and she goes into shock. Doctors then normally perform a casearean operation to save the baby. "If you add a caesarean delivery to a woman in shock with burns, it's likely to result in her, death," Werthmann said.

In Poe's case, doctors were able to prevent her from going in shock, making a caesarean unnecessary.

Poe was injured June 29 in an accident at a Woodbridge shipping center. Police said a care crashed into the back of Poe's Vega, causing it to burst into flames and to crash into the car in front of her.

Poe's burns. One is in good condition and the other in fair condition at Children's Hospital. Seven others injured in the accident have been released from the hospital.

Poe's daughters, 5 and 7, also suffered burns. One is in good condition and the other in fair condition at Children's Hospital. Seven others injured in the accident have been released from the hospital.

Poe gave birth in the burn unit, rather than in the delivery room. "She is so seriously ill and susceptible to infection that she could not be moved," a hospital spokesman said.