POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 12:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 12:54pm
CNN/KPRC — When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help.
The woman technically died, gave birth, and then was brought back to life.
Three month old baby Elayna now weighs a whopping nine pounds.
She's growing and thriving and could be off oxygen as early as next week.
It's a miracle, considering how Elayna came into this world.
Her mom, Erica Nigrelli, is an English teacher at Elkins High School.
She collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36-weeks pregnant.
Erica's husband Nathan is also a teacher at Elkins.
Erica's heart had stopped.
Some co-workers started CPR and used a deliberator to get it working again.
They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.
Doctor's delivered baby Elayna by emergency c-section.
It was technically a post mortem delivery because Erica's heart wasn't beating.
It turns out, Erica had an undetected heart defect.
The fact mom and baby are here today is a testament to her co-workers.
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Erica is only 32, but doctor's installed a pacemaker that will now allow her to see baby Elayna grow up.