A Minnesota mother will without a doubt be her newborn's hero, but she's also her husband's after saving his life just before giving birth.
Ashley Goette woke up the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 16 to find her husband, Andrew, not breathing and in distress, having suffered cardiac arrest, according to an online fundraiser via GoFundMe.
Ashley, 39 weeks pregnant and scheduled to be induced the next day, called 911 and started CPR, doing so until paramedics arrived and transported him to a hospital for further life-saving efforts.
Allina Health says Andrew was placed in a medically-induced coma to cool his body and minimize any potential brain damage. He had gone without oxygen for an extended period of time and all signs pointed to Andrew sustaining catastrophic brain injury.
"The team of specialists treating Andrew prepared the family for the worst...it was likely he would not wake up from this," the fundraiser says.
Miraculously, he did wake up, the very next day. What's more, he was fully responsive and neurologically intact, Allina Health said.
The way the story is told on the GoFundMe page is chilling.
"As the nurse began to remove the sedatives, Andrew began to twitch. Still thinking it could be shivering or a seizure his nurse Libby said "Andrew open your eyes"...and as if in a movie, he did exactly that!"
He also woke just in time to become a father, but not without more unexpected stress.
The doctors had moved Andrew into a bed next to Ashley's in the nearby Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul and continued one-on-one support with him.
Ashley was induced on Thursday night, but complications forced doctors to deliver the baby via C-section on Friday.
Because doctors needed to move Ashley to an operating room, Andrew was forced to watch the birth on Facetime. Regardless, she gave birth to their first child, a healthy baby boy they named Lennon Andrew.
Dr. Alex Teeters, a critical care specialist who worked on Andrew at United Hospital, said Tuesday that Ashley "without a doubt" saved Andrew's life by performing CPR.