- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A funeral has been held in Bethel for a local woman who gave birth while in a coma after spending most of her pregnancy as clinically brain-dead.

KYUK (http://is.gd/wtzCYk ) says the family of 29-year-old Jessie Ayagalria also is holding an ongoing fundraiser to care for baby Faith. The funeral was held Saturday.

The baby was delivered by cesarean section July 8 at an Anchorage hospital. The family was notified of Ayagalria’s death three days later.

Ayagalria’s sister, Krissy Medina, plans to begin the process to legally adopt the baby.

Ayagalria’s uncle, Henry Combs, says his niece’s struggle with alcohol abuse led to her condition.

Ayagalria suffered a cardiac arrest in January.

That’s when doctors discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant. The family agreed to put her on life support.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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