Today Show: Texas Mother Dies, Delivers Baby, Revived Again
A mother down in Texas almost lost not only her baby, but her life as well. Thanks to three of her co-workers, however, both are still alive. Erica Nigrelli was 36 weeks pregnant when she collapsed while teaching her high school class down in Texas, and three of her co-workers came rushing to her aid, resuscitating her with CPR and a defibrillator.
When she got to the hospital, the doctors considered the C-Section delivery to be post-mortem because her heart stopped beating in the delivery room. However, they managed to get her heart beating once again afterwards. She spend several weeks in the ICU recovering, while her baby spent three months in NICU.
Today Show: Erica Nigrelli Had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
As it turned out, Erica had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, also called “athlete’s heart,” a condition that causes the thickening of the heart muscle and has killed several athletes throughout the country on the first strike. 9 out of 10 people, Erica said, die the first time what happened to her happens. Her heart had been a ticking time bomb, and it just so happened to go off when she was pregnant. Erica has gotten a pacemaker installed to monitor her condition now that she knows about it.
Three months after this event, her baby’s health is starting to improve, and she has finally been able to come home from the hospital and out of the supervision of doctors. She now weighs nine pounds, is expected to make a full recovery, and is said to be a normal baby without any complications.
The three co-workers that saved Erica and her child’s life were all honored by the Missouri City Council this week to recognize their heroism that lent a happy ending to what could have been a very tragic story.