Baby's Fingernail Almost Kills Mom During Delivery

fingernailPregnancy can be a nerve-wracking experience. I don't know any first-time mom who wasn't anxious about the delivery. Will it hurt? How long will it take? But there are some things you never expect. Like the 32-year-old woman who was nearly killed by her unborn child's fingernail.

Sounds crazy, but it's true.


After delivering five-week premature twins, Angela Cottam almost died after what doctors suspect was a fingernail or hair from one of the babies passed into her bloodstream during the delivery.

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It's an incredibly rare occurrence, but a potentially fatal one. Cottam suffered internal bleeding and collapsed lungs. She lost seven pints of blood, needed 22 transfusions, and was in a coma for 12 hours. Her family was told to prepare for the worst. Thankfully everything turned out fine and she is now caring for her two girls.

"I feel so lucky to be here and really blessed that both the girls are with us because it could have been so different," said Cottam. "There are moments when I've been on my own, and I've had a little cry and thought 'What if?' But I try not to dwell on that and just thank my lucky stars the doctors and midwives on duty that day recognized what was happening." What an amazing reminder that a miracle takes place with every safe delivery.

Have you ever heard of a medical mishap like this? What other rare delivery complications have you known of?


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