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Melanie Pritchard: A Miracle Mom

When Melanie went into labor something went terribly wrong and the joy of new life was suddenly overshadowed by tragedy. Read Transcript


WE THOUGHT IT WAS JUST

GOING TO BE REALLY THE RUN

OF THE MILL PREGNANCY AND

BIRTH, LABOR AND DELIVERY.

HER OB/GYN CAME IN AND SAW

SHE WAS PROGRESSING, AND

BROKE HER WATER TO TRY TO

SPEED THAT UP.

MELANIE STARTED COMPLAINING

SHE DIDN'T FEEL WELL.

THEN I SEE HER KIND OF SLUMP

OVER TO ONE SIDE AND HER

EYES ROLLED BACK AND SHE

STARTED CONVULSING.

I LOOK OVER AT HER MONITORS,

AND EVERYTHING STARTS

FLASHING.

SHE IS NOT BREATHING AND

THEY CALLED A CODE BLUE.

THE WHOLE MEDICAL TEAM

CAME IN AND QUICKLY

UNPLUGGED THE BED AND ROLLED

HER OUT.

Reporter: MELANIE WAS

RUSHED TO THE OPERATING

ROOM, WHERE A TEAM OF

DOCTORS PERFORMED A

C-SECTION, AND MELANIE WAS

DYING TO A RARE REACTION

DURING PREGNANCY THAT CAUSED

HER HEART AND LUNGS TO SHUT

DOWN.

MELANIE WAS NOW FIGHTING

FOREHER OWN LIFE.

MY WIFE WAS CLINICALLY

DEAD WHEN SHE DELIVERED OUR

DAUGHTER.

THEY THOUGHT THERE WAS NO

WAY SHE COULD COME BACK.

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS I'M A

WIDOWER, AND WE'VE ONLY BEEN

MARRIED FOR THREE YEARS.

I REMEMBER HOLDING HANDS AND

PRAYING FOR GOD, THAT HE

WOULD JUST BRING HER BACK.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

WERE ABLE TO RESUSCITATE

MELANIE AND MOVED HER TO THE

I.C.U.

AS SHE LAY UNCONSCIOUS, DOUG

WAS ALLOWED TO SEE HIS NEW

DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST

TIME.

I LOOKED AT HER AND SHE

HAD BLUE EYES AND BLONDE

HAIR, JUST LIKE HER MOTHER.

NOT LIKE ME.

AND THE NURSE ASKED ME WHAT

HER NAME WAS, AND I SAID

GABRIELLA.

THE BITTERSWEET PART WAS

MELANIE MAY NOT BE THERE,

AND I MAY HAVE TO RAISE THIS

LITTLE PRINCESS ON MY OWN.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

MELANIE'S BROTHER, A CARDIAC

THORACIC SURGEON, ARRIVED AT

THE HOSPITAL AND BEGAN

REVIEWING HER CASE.

THEY GOT HER TO THE I.V.

I.C.U., AND SHE WAS

EXTREMELY SICK.

SHE WAS IN A STATE OF CARDIO

COLLAPSE, AND YOU DON'T

USUALLY SURVIVE SOMETHING

LIKE THAT.

THEY ASKED US TO SAY OUR

GOOD-BYES.

I REMEMBER ASKING HER IF YOU

HAVE ANY FIGHT LEFT IN YOU

THEN FIGHT.

I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS

GOING TO BE MY LITTLE SISTER

THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE

TO GO.

Reporter: HE SOON

DISCOVERED THAT MELANIE'S

LOW BLOOD PRESSURE WAS AS A

RESULT OF INTERNAL BLEEDING

FROM THE EMERGENCY

C-SECTION.

DOCTORS RUSHED HER BACK TO

THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

THEY SAW A UTERINE ARTERY

THAT WAS WIDE OPEN.

THEY TOOK OUT OF HER

BELLY FIVE LITERS OF BLOOD.

YOU AND I HAVE FIVE LITERS

OF BLOOD IN OUR ENTIRE

BODY.

Reporter: 24 HOURS

LATER, MELANIE REGAINED

CONSCIOUSNESS.

SHE WAS PREPPED FOR YET

ANOTHER SURGERY.

HER EYES WELLED UP WITH

TEARS.

AND I GRABBED HER HAND AND I

HELD HER TIGHT AND I SAID,

YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

I'M SO PROUD OF YOU.

I WANTED HER TO KNOW I WAS

THERE AND I LOVED HER SO

MUCH.

HER SISTER CAME BACK IN WITH

A BLACKBERRY THAT HAD A

PICTURE OF GABRIELLA ON IT.

WHICH WAS TERRIBLY IMPORTANT

BECAUSE HAD SHE NOT SURVIVED

THE SURGERY, WE WANTED HER

TO SEE GRAB BRE SEE GAB

GABRIELLA.

THE CHANCES WERE HIGH SHE

WOULD NEED A HEART AND/OR

LUNG TRANSPLANT.

Reporter: BY NOW, MANY

FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAD

GATHERED AT THE HOSPITAL TO

PRAY FOR MELANIE.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AROUND

AND SEEING EVERYBODY JUST AT

ONE POINT OR ANOTHER JUST

HANG THEIR HEAD IN PRAYER.

AND A LOT OF HER FRIENDS

THAT HAD COME TO THE

HOSPITAL OR WERE AT THE

HOSPITAL, WERE PROVIDING

UPDATES TO PEOPLE VIA

Facebook AND TWITTER, AND

SENDING THE PRAYER CHAIN, SO

TO SPEAK.

Reporter: THOUSANDS

TWEETED, PRAY FOR MELANIE.

WHICH EVEN MADE TWITTER'S

TOP 100 LIST IN 2010.

WE HEARD FEEDBACK FROM

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND CHRISTIANS FROM

THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH IN

CHINA THAT WERE SHARING

THEIR PRAYERS WITH US.

IT IS A MIRACLE SHE HAD

SO MANY PRAYERS HELPING HER

OUT.

Reporter: WITHIN 24

HOURS OF HER FINAL SURGERY,

MELANIE WAS BREATHING ON HER

OWN AND WEANED OFF MOST

MEDICATION.

WITHIN A WEEK, SHE WAS

RELEASED TO GO HOME.

I WOKE UP WITH THIS

INCREDIBLE PEACE.

MY FIRST MEMORY WAS JUST

ASKING THEM WHAT HAPPENED.

JUST WAKING UP, LIKE, IN

CONFUSION, GOING, WHAT?

WAIT, WHY AM I HERE?

AND HOW IS ELLA?

THE CRAZY THING IS SHE IS

TOTALLY NORMAL.

SHE HAS NO RESIDUAL EFFECTS,

NO CARDIAC EFFECTS.

SHE IS AS HEALTHY AS CAN

BE.

AND ELLA, WHO IS A LITTLE

ANGEL, SHE IS COMPLETELY

HEALTHY.

IT IS INCREDIBLE.

I'M A DIFFERENT NURSE HAVING

GONE THROUGH THIS AS WELL.

IT DEFINITELY SHOWED ME THE

POWER OF PRAYER.

I DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING

THAT HAPPENED IN THE

HOSPITAL.

THIS WAS TRAGIC AND

TRAUMATIC FOR SO MANY

PEOPLE.

SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE WERE

PRAYING LIKE CRAZY.

I REMEMBER WEEPING AND

CRYING, THINKING HOW CAN

THESE PEOPLE LOVE MEV S ME

SO MUCH, A STRANGER, EVEN.

ALL I CARED ABOUT WAS HAVING

ENOUGH AIR IN MY LUNGS TO

TELL MY HUSBAND HOW MUCH HE

MEANS TO ME, AND REALLY

BEING PRESENT TO MY FRIENDS

AND TO MY FAMILY.

HER RECOVERY IS A

MIRACLE.

HER SURVIVAL IS A MIRACLE.

I BELIEVE IT IS VERY CLEAR

THAT GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.

I HAD ALWAYS PRAYED THAT

THE LORD WOULD PROTECT ME IN

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

BECAUSE I THOUGHT, WITH ALL

OF THE WORK I DO IN THE

PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT, IF THE

EVIL ONE WANTED TO ATTACK

ME, THAT'S HOW HE WOULD DO

IT.

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF

PRAYER, BUT NOW THAT I'VE

LIVED THROUGH THE POWER OF

PRAYER, I BELIEVE IT 100

TIMES MORE.

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