Pregnant Minnesota Woman Saves Husband's Life With CPR, Then Gives Birth

The pregnant woman didn't know how to perform CPR, but was coached by a 911 dispatcher.

A heavily pregnant Minnesota woman saved her husband's life by administering CPR, then gave birth to a healthy boy just days later.

Ashley Goette was 39 weeks along when she called 911, terrified that her husband, Andrew, couldn't breathe. "I noticed he was not snoring, he was gasping for air," she told CBS News. 

The dispatcher told her to begin CPR, but Ashley had never performed the lifesaving procedure of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"They wanted me to get him to a hard surface and I explained to them I couldn't," she said, referring to the fact that she was nine months pregnant.

So the emergency operator talked her through it. "You're doing great," the dispatcher told her as Ashley, sobbing, counted aloud while giving chest compressions.

Andrew had been without oxygen long enough to inflict brain damage, doctors told Ashley. He was placed in a medically induced coma while physicians tried to save him. 

The next day, he opened his eyes. "I don't think he would have survived if it wasn't for the actions of Ashley," said Dr. Alex Teeters at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Not long after, he watched his son, Lennon, enter the world. "I was just so excited to be able to see him be born," he said, cradling the infant in his arms. "To be able to hold him right away, to hold him first."

Ashley is just glad her husband is still alive. "He is coming home, and that is all that matters," she said.