Mother dies, delivers 'normal baby', then comes back to life
In a miracle, a 36-week pregnant American woman, who was technically dead as her heart had stopped, has delivered a "normal" baby.
In February, Erica Nigrelli, a teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, was teaching English when she passed out.
Her colleagues immediately grabbed her. They kept her until paramedics arrived and rushed her to a hospital.
Nigrelli's husband, Nathan, also a teacher at the school, was just two floors down. He rushed into the room.
"I opened the door and walked in. Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up," he was quoted as saying by CNN affiliate KPRC.
"My wife is pregnant," he said. "She's having a seizure! The baby's due in three weeks!"
By the time 32-year-old Erica was rushed to the hospital, doctors could not find a pulse. Her heart had stopped.
Doctors delivered the baby by emergency cesarean section. Technically, it was a postmortem delivery because Erica's heart was not beating, the report said.
But then something happened. The doctors turned to Erica and soon her heart started beating again.
Now three months later, doctors said her baby - named Elayna - is getting healthier.
"She's just a baby," said Erica. "A normal baby." It's a miracle considering how Elayna came into this world, doctors said, adding Nigrelli technically died, gave birth, and was brought back to life.
"Nine times out of ten most people die from the initial collapse," said Erica. "It was literally a ticking time bomb, it just happened when I was 36 weeks pregnant."
Now, the mother and the baby are both home and doing great, the report said.