Texas Mother Dies During Birth, Then Revives; Baby OK

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MISSOURI CITY, Texas (KTLA) — A woman who was technically dead before her baby was delivered was brought back to life after giving birth to her daughter.

Erica Nigrelli was 36-weeks pregnant when she collapsed at work and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Nigrelli delivered her baby girl, Elayna, by emergency caesarean section while she had no heartbeat.

After Elayna’s birth, doctors were able to restart Nigrelli’s heart.

It turned out Nigrelli had an undiagnosed heart condition.

Although she was only 32, doctors decided to fit Nigrelli with a pacemaker.

Despite Elayna’s rough entry into the world, she has proven she’s a fighter, Nigrelli said.

“She is very strong. She’s probably stronger than a lot of us,” Nigrelli said.

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