This Article is From May 26, 2013

Mother dies, delivers 'normal baby', then comes back to life

Houston: In a miracle, a 36-week pregnant American woman, who was technically dead as her heart had stopped, has delivered a "normal" baby.

In February, Erica Nigrelli, a teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, was teaching English when she felt faint, placed her hands on a table to steady herself and then passed out.

She was rushed to the hospital.

Nigrelli's husband, Nathan, also a teacher at the school, was just two doors down. He rushed into the room.

"I opened the door and walked in. Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up," he was quoted as saying by CNN affiliate KPRC.

"My wife is pregnant," he said. "She's having a seizure! The baby's due in three weeks!"

By the time 32-year-old Erica was rushed to the hospital, doctors could not find a pulse. Her heart had stopped.

Doctors delivered the baby by emergency caesarean section.

Technically, it was a post-mortem delivery because Erica's heart was not beating, the report said.

But then something remarkable happened. The doctors turned to Erica and soon her heart started beating again.

Now three months later, doctors said her baby - named Elayna - is getting healthier.

"She's just a baby," said Erica. "A normal baby."

It's a miracle considering how Elayna came into this world, doctors said, adding Nigrelli technically died, gave birth, and was brought back to life.

"Nine times out of ten most people die from the initial collapse," said Erica. "It was literally a ticking time bomb, it just happened when I was 36 weeks pregnant."

Now, the mother and the baby are both home and doing great, the report said.