A quick-thinking Minnesota mother-to-be ended up saving her husband’s life just a few hours before she was due to give birth.
“I noticed he was not snoring. He was gasping for air. So I called the 911,” said Ashley Goette.
With a baby on the way within hours, Ashley found herself with her husband’s life also in her hands.
“The dispatcher walked me through CPR because I am not trained,” said Ashley. “And they wanted me they get him down to a hard surface but I explained to them that I’m 39 weeks pregnant.”
An ambulance took Andrew to United Hospital in St. Paul.
“I don’t think Andrew would be here today if it wasn’t for the actions of Ashley,” said critical care physician Dr. Alex Tetters.
Doctors determined Andrew had gone into cardiac arrest and had an irregular heart rhythm.
They sedated him, not sure how he would respond when he woke up.
“I went home that first night and thought, this can’t happen, this guy’s gotta hold his baby,” said ICU nurse Libby Remmers.
Andrew woke up without any signs of brain injury.
And then, a day later, Ashley went into labor.
Doctors delayed a heart procedure on Andrew so he could be with his wife and hold her hand through the delivery of their baby.
“I was just so excited to see him be born,” said Andrew. “You know we started out trying to find out– the natural birth.”
But Ashley needed an emergency c section and was moved into the surgical unit.
Andrew watched through face time on a phone.
“All of that is nothing. He’s coming home and that’s really the only thing that matters,” said Ashley.