When a pregnant teacher in texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help.
The woman technically died, gave birth…and then was brought back to life.
Three month old baby Elayna now weighs a whopping 9 pounds.
She’s growing and thriving and could be off oxygen as early as next week.
“She’s just a baby, a normal baby.”
It’s a miracle, considering how elayna came into this world.
Her mom – Erica Nigrelli – is an english teacher at elkins high school.
She collapsed in a co-worker’s classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
“Apparently I told her I feel very faint and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out.”
Erica’s husband nathan is also a teacher at Elkins.
“I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor.”
Erica’s heart had stopped.
Some co-workers started c-p-r and used a defribilator to get it working again.
They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.
Doctor’s delivered baby Elayna by emergency c-section.
It was technically a post mortem delivery because Erica’s heart wasn’t beating.
“There were two lives that were hanging in the balance the whole time.”
Turns out, erica had an undetected heart defect.
The fact mom and baby are here today is a testament to her co-workers.
June Tomlin, Maxine Reeves and Jennifer longoria were honored at monday’s missouri city council meeting.
“Thankful is not even- is not a strong enough word for what they’ve done for us.”
Erica is only 32-year-old, but doctor’s installed a pacemaker. It will now allow her to see baby Elayna grow up.