“She did what she was supposed to do:” During labor, mom chooses baby’s life over her own

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(CNN) — A Colorado woman died shortly after giving birth to what doctor’s described as a seven-pound, four-ounce miracle.

Declan Jay Bugal was born on November 3rd.

“He’s so cute and so well behaved and just quiet. Just really loving just being here,” the baby’s aunt, Maren Oates said.

Karisa Bugal

Karisa Bugal

It was during labor that doctors discovered a problem. Declan’s mother, Karisa Bugal had a rare and often deadly condition doctors call amniotic fluid embolism.

“And that causes catastrophic shutdown of all the organs,” Dr. Kelly Gerow said.

“Deep down, I knew it wasn’t good, but I wanted to keep faith. They came in and rushed her back to the delivery room and had to do an emergency C-section,” Karisa Bugal’s husband, Wes Bugal said.

“Knowing the grim prognosis of this, I think it’s possible that we could have lost Declan,” Dr. Gerow said.

As Declan’s heart rate dipped, Karisa Bugal had to know her decision would be critical, so she chose fast. She would go under right away.

It was the best option for her son, but not the best option for her.

“Her other option would have been to decline that and stay awake for her surgery, but by the time we would have put in a spine or something, it’s possible that Declan would not have made it,” Dr. Gerow said.

Karisa Bugal chose to save her son, even though it cost her her life. It’s the last decision she would ever make.

“And that was about the last time I saw her. That’s the hard part, explaining to him his mom’s gone giving birth to him. Explaining to both of them where their mom’s at, when they ask ‘where’s Mommy?'” Wes Bugal said.

“She came to the hospital to be a mom and she did what she was supposed to do,” Maren Oates said.

Declan Jay Bugal

Declan Jay Bugal


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