Carol Kent, the 16-year-old cancer patient who gave birth two months ago while in a coma, has died.
A Washington Hospital Center spokeswoman said Kent died late Wednesday from a brain tumor called a medullablastoma.
Her death, which hospital officials said had been generally expected, came two months after a team of doctors made elaborate efforts to save Kent's unborn child and prolong her life at least long enough to deliver it.
The baby boy, named Paul Robert, was delivered by cesarean section of Sept. 23 -- 10 weeks prematurely -- while Kent lay comatose.
At birth, the child weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces, and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival. He now weighs 4 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces and is listed in good condition at the hospital center. He may be discharged next week.
Hospital officials said yesterday that Kent's mother, Mary Kent, who lives in Prince's George's County, would not talk to reporters and had not given doctors permission to discuss details of her daughter's case.
Carol Kent, who also had a 15-month-old child, entered the hospital last August and doctors discovered she had an egg-sized malignant tumor in her brain. She slipped into a coma, and doctors administered a series of intensive radiation treatments, which appeared to reduce the size of the tumor.
Her child was born while she was still comatose, and a month later she began to regain some consciousness. Despite the apparent progress, however, doctors said yesterday they had not expected her to return to a normal life.