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Baby Iver Benson born at Victoria General Hospital, mother Robyn passes

Dylan Benson with his newborn son, Iver Cohen Benson, at Victoria General Hospital on Feb. 10. - Photo courtesy of Dylan Benson/misterbenson.com
Dylan Benson with his newborn son, Iver Cohen Benson, at Victoria General Hospital on Feb. 10.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Dylan Benson/misterbenson.com

A tiny baby who survived the past six weeks while his mother was kept alive on life support is being watched by the world at Victoria General Hospital today.

Iver Cohen Benson, son of Robyn and Dylan Benson, was delivered Feb. 8 at 28 weeks. Robyn, who had been brain dead since Dec. 29 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, was taken off life support after Iver's birth.

Suzanne Germain, Island Health spokesperson, confirmed Iver's birth and Robyn's death. Doctors had hoped to allow Robyn's fetus to grow to 34 weeks before delivering through caesarian section, according to a blog post at misterbenson.com, where Dylan first made public the family's ordeal.

Dylan announced Iver's birth on his blog over the weekend with a photo of the pair.

"It is with a heavy heart but also with extreme proudness that I am posting this update," Dylan wrote. "Iver is healthy and is the cutest and most precious person I have ever met. As to be expected, it will still be a bumpy ride for he and I as he continues to grow under the care of the wonderful staff at the hospital."

Dylan said his wife was "the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met," adding he's grateful for the thousands of supportive comments and messages he's received.

A youcaring.com fundraising drive, set up by Dylan to support Iver in Robyn's absence, has grown to more than $150,000 since the family's story made international headlines last week.

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