A pregnant high school teacher gives birth while technically dead, and is then revived by doctors.
Last February, Erica Nigrelli, 32, was teaching at a high school in Missouri City, Texas, when she walked over to a co-worker’s classroom because she wasn’t feeling well. When she felt faint, she put her hands on a table in the classroom, but passed out and had a seizure.
Nathan Nigrelli, her husband who happened to a teacher in a nearby classroom, rushed to her side, as three teachers started CPR and deployed an Automated External Defibrillator. When paramedics arrived, Erica had no pulse; she was in cardiac arrest. She was rushed into surgery for an emergency cesarean section — technically a postmortem delivery. But is didn’t remain defined as a postmortem delivery because after the delivery, Erica’s heart started beating again.
Erica remained in a medically induced coma diagnosed with hypertophic cardiomyopathy — a thickening of heart muscle that puts extra workload on the heart. Erica didn’t see her baby Elayna until three weeks after childbirth.
Both area healthy now.
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