Among the mighty feats that MTV’s “Girl Code” accomplishes is empowering its viewers to laugh off their insecurities and embrace their inner superstar. There’s a kick-ass chick in all of us, so each week, we’re shining the spotlight on one newsworthy woman who deserves a standing ovation. And some cake. Cake is good. Take a look at our latest pick!
Proud mama, healthy baby, incredible story.
Having a baby is one of the most impressive, difficult and all-around bad-ass things a human being can accomplish — seriously, you made a person — so what could make giving the gift of life even more amazing? Try doing it while technically dead.
That’s exactly what happened to Texas teacher Erica Nigrelli, who collapsed in a friend’s classroom while 36 weeks pregnant. After Erica fell to the floor, her quick-thinking coworkers administered CPR and defibrillator panels to her chest, but to no avail — her heart had stopped.
Doctors at a nearby hospital were able to deliver her baby via post-mortem C-section, but then something even more extraordinary happened: Erica came back to life. The new mom was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an often-fatal condition that causes thickening of the heart muscle, and was then fitted with a pacemaker to keep her ticker from becoming a time bomb.
As for her baby, Elayna, she’s happy, healthy and has certainly more than earned her “Mommy’s Little Miracle” onesie.
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