"Dead" mom revived after birth

1:43 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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MISSOURI CITY, Texas (KPRC) - A Texas high school teacher's heart wasn't beating when she delivered her baby, but three of her co-workers are credited with saving her life and her newborn's.

Erica Nigrelli, an English teacher at Elkins High School, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant. Now three months later, her baby, named Elayna, weighs nine pounds and doctors said she is getting healthier and could be taken off oxygen as early as next week. 

It's a miracle considering how baby Elayna came into this world.  

Nigrelli technically died, gave birth, and was brought back to life, doctors say.

Erica said she told her co worker she felt faint. "I put my head down and I essentially just 

"I opened the door and walked in.  Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up," said her husband. 

Erica's heart had stopped.  Three co-workers sprang into action and began lifesaving techniques.  The school nurse, her assistant and the athletic trainer started CPR and used a defibrillator to get her heart beating again.  They kept the 32-year-old teacher alive until paramedics arrived and rushed her to the hospital.  Doctors delivered the baby by emergency C-section one month early.  Technically, it was a postmortem delivery because Erica's heart was not beating. 

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