Rare condition kills mom, but newborn survives

November 24, 2014 6:39 PM

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Rare condition kills mom, but newborn survives

She could have chosen a different route that might have saved her own life, but Karisa Bugal made a choice that ultimately saved her unborn son. The 34-year-old Colorado woman died Nov. 4 shortly after giving birth to Declan Jay, after suffering a rare amniotic fluid embolism, KUSA reports.

Doctors had no idea anything was amiss until Declan's heart rate plummeted while Bugal was in labor, at which point she made an important decision: go for an emergency C-section with anesthesia, which would expedite the birth and help save her son.

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