After Mom and Baby Died, They Both Lived to See Each Other’s Faces

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Yeah, you read that right. Louiser Chapman and her newborn daughter, Olivia, both died of heart failure — and then were revived.

Chapman, who was 30 weeks pregnant, was at home with her 3-year-old son when her placenta “tore from her womb.” According to an article published by Yahoo, Chapman lost over a liter of blood before she was picked up by the ambulance and taken to the hospital.

How did the hospital know that Chapman needed an ambulance at that moment? They found out from Chapman herself, but she wouldn't have been able to do it if her son, Charlie, would have panicked when he recognized that something with Mom was going terribly wrong. When he saw the pain and turmoil in his mom's eyes, he grabbed the phone for her, and she was able to contact an ambulance. 

After doctors performed an emergency c-section, Chapman went into anaphylactic shock due to a reaction to medications used.

And then died. 

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When Chapman came to after her heart stopped and she was resuscitated, she was unable to remember giving birth to her 3-pound baby, Olivia — or anything else that had happened in the previous six days. In fact, as the article says, nurses had to remind Chapman every 10 minutes that she had just given birth to a preemie baby girl. She was also given a journal in which the nurses recorded everything about Olivia's birth — what time she was born, how much she weighed, who came to visit them at the hospital. 

Olivia's time in the hospital wasn't much better. She was born with a hole in her heart and was placed in an incubator for several days.

After living in a medically induced coma for 10 days, losing her memory, and dying, Chapman – and Olivia – were finally doing well enough for them to go home.  

You'd hope for things to go well once they got home, right? However, when Olivia came home, she caught a deadly cold … but thanks to her mother's knowledge of CPR, Olivia was brought back to life. 

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And I thought getting circumcised as a baby was a bad thing!

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After Mom and Baby Died, They Both Lived to See Each Other’s Faces

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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