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Fund for dad and unborn baby boy whose mom will die grows to $100,000

Image Credit: Facebook: Robyn Benson
February 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

VICTORIA - A fundraising drive for an unborn baby whose mother is brain dead in a Victoria hospital has grown to $100,000 as the family's plight tugs at heart strings across Canada.

Dylan Benson hoped to raise $36,000 so he could care for his son, already named Iver, on his own while grieving for his wife.

Robyn Benson is five months pregnant, and doctors are expecting to perform a caesarean section at the end of the month.

Dylan wrote in a blog post that Robyn was declared brain dead after being admitted to hospital in late December.

He says Robyn complained of a headache and asked him to get some pain killers from a pharmacy but when he returned home, she was unconscious on the bathroom floor.

Paramedics were unable to revive her.

LIFE-AND-DEATH STRUGGLE FOR B.C. MOM ON LIFE SUPPORT AS CHILD DUE NEXT MONTH

VICTORIA - A Victoria family is locked in an epic life-and-death struggle with a young mother on life support while her unborn child hangs onto life awaiting a due date several weeks away.

Robyn Benson, who is five months pregnant, was declared brain dead after she was admitted to hospital last month complaining of vomiting and a severe headache.

Family friend Rod Phillips says he started a fundraising campaign to help the father, Dylan, and his son once the baby is born.

Phillips says the unborn child, a boy who is already named Iver Benson, is alive and thriving while her mother lies unconscious in hospital.

Doctors are hoping Robyn's body continues to function for another three or four weeks to allow doctors to safely deliver Iver by caesarean section before turning off his mom's life-support.

Robyn and Dylan were high school sweethearts who married last summer.

Dylan and Robyn Benson are shown in this photo that appeared on Dylan's Facebook page.
Dylan and Robyn Benson are shown in this photo that appeared on Dylan's Facebook page.
Image Credit: Facebook: Dylan Benson

Robyn and Dylan Benson photo from Dylan's Facebook page.
Robyn and Dylan Benson photo from Dylan's Facebook page.
Image Credit: Facebook: Dylan Benson

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