Athletic trainer and Fort Bend ISD CPR educator June Tomlin told the Fort Bend Star that she cut Erica’s shirt open as soon as she stopped breathing and started performing CPR. Then, she and teacher Maxine Reeves and school nurse Jennifer Longoria, who had previously worked in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), used a defibrillator to restart Erica’s heart.
Meanwhile, Nathan was calling 911.
“My wife is pregnant,” he said he told the operator. “She’s having a seizure! The baby’s due in three weeks!”
As the paramedics arrived, Reeves said they got a faint pulse. However, by the time the 32-year-old made it to the hospital, her heart had stopped again.
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Doctors made the decision to try and save the baby by delivering it early via emergency cesarean section.
“The doctors told me that Erica delivered post-mortem because she did not have a heart beat when they took the baby out,” Nathan said to the Fort Bend Star. “But I married a fighter and now I had a baby girl who was a fighter too.”
After the baby was out, doctors tried to revive Erica again. Surprisingly, her heart started beating. Erica was placed in a medically-induced coma for five days.
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