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Baby delivered from woman in coma with brain tumor

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Nathaniel Lande was born at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. (Source: Family photos/KTVU/CNN) Nathaniel Lande was born at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. (Source: Family photos/KTVU/CNN)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KTVU/CNN) - Doctors delivered a baby to a woman in San Francisco who went into a coma in March after a brain tumor caused her to have a seizure.

The baby's new father now finds himself in the difficult position of taking care of his son while hoping for his wife to wake up.

Nathaniel Lande was born at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

"He's got his mom's nose and his mom's ears and he's opening his eyes and looking around already," said Brian Lande, the new father.

New mother Melissa Carleton suffered a seizure following treatment for a benign brain tumor and has been in a coma since March, but managed to bring Nathaniel to full term.

"Having to worry that we really weren't going to get either. To at least know that I've got one of them now," Brian Lande said.

Doctors delivered Nathaniel via cesarean section at 10:56 in the morning.

"As happy as I am to meet my son, it is incredibly painful for Melissa not to be awake with me for this," Brian Lande said.

Carleton's injury to her brain is in the area that controls wakefulness, so she still may be aware of what is happening.

Before surgery, she moved Brian Lande's hand to her stomach where the baby was kicking.

"She was able to reach up and touch my face. She puckered for a kiss. These are things we've waited for for months to happen and she did them today," Brian Lande said.

Now that Nathaniel has arrived healthy, his father will be balancing a new baby, his wife's continued treatment and eventually returning to work as a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy.

"I'm overwhelmed. I have no idea what I need right now. I just can't see further than my own nose," Brian Lande said.

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