A mom named Stephanie Arnold is counting her blessings this holiday season after dying while delivering her son and living to tell about it. When she gave birth to baby Jacob last May, Stephanie coded on the table for 37 seconds -- and she showed no vital signs.
It turns out she had suffered an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE), which is a condition where fetal material or amniotic fluid enters a mother's blood stream, triggering a horrible reaction. Having an AFE is so rare that Stephanie's OB-GYN had never even seen it happen before -- she'd only read about it.
And 40 percent of women who have it happen do not survive. But after spending six days in a coma and weeks in the hospital after her ordeal, Stephanie is healthy and doesn't take one moment of holding her baby in her arms for granted. But you know what makes her story even more amazing? She had a gut feeling that she was going to die while expecting Jacob.
Check out this video to hear more about her "premonition" that something was wrong -- and how it just might have saved her life.
Whoa! Pretty amazing. Isn't it eerie how she knew something was wrong -- to the point where she was convinced she was going to die? She could have so easily assumed that she was feeling that way because of pregnancy hormones, but it's like she had this innate sensation that if she didn't talk to her anesthesiologist, it would be a matter of life and death.
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Again ... the chances of pregnant women having an AFE is extremely rare, so this isn't anything to be alarmed or worried about. But if nothing else, Stephanie's story serves as such an important reminder to trust your instincts and not be afraid to speak up and say something if you just don't feel "quite right." It's better to sound paranoid than to have something terrible happen ... bottom line.
Have you had any strange gut feelings about anything during your pregnancy?
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