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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 WOULD BE

THE RUN OF THE MILL

PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND

DELIVERY.

HER OB/GYN CAME IN AND SAW

SHE WAS PROGRESSING AND

BROKE HER WATER TO TRY TO

SPEED UP THAT AS WELL.

AND MELANIE STARTED

COMPLAINING SHE DIDN'T FEEL

WELL.

THEN I SEE HER KIND OF SLUMP

OVER TO ONE SIDE.

HER EYES ROLLED BACK, AND

SHE STARTED CONVULSING.

AND I LOOK OVER AT HER

MONITORS, AND EVERYTHING

STARTS FLASHING ZERO.

SHE IS NOT BREATHING.

THEY CALL A CODE BLUE.

THE WHOLE MEDICAL TEAM

CAME IN AND QUICKLY

UNPLUGGED THE BED AND ROLLED

HER OUT THE DOOR.

Reporter: MELANIE WAS

RUSHED TO THE OPERATING

ROOM, WHERE A TEAM OF

DOCTORS PERFORMED AN

EMERGENCY C-SECTION.

MELANIE WAS DYING FROM AN

EMBRYOTIC FLUID EMBOLISM.

IT CAUSED HER HEART AND

LUNGS TO SHUT DOWN.

A WELL-KNOWN PRO-LIFE

ACTIVIST, SHE WAS NOW

FIGHTING FOR HER OWN LIFE.

MY WIFE WAS CLINICALLY

DEAD WHEN THEY DELIVERED MY

DAUGHTER.

THEY THOUGHT THERE WAS NO

WAY SHE COULD COME BACK.

SHE LOOKED DEADER THAN

DEAD.

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, I'M A

WIDOWER, AND WE'VE ONLY BEEN

MARRIED THREE YEARS.

I JUST REMEMBER SITTING

DOWN, AND WE JUST HELD HANDS

AND WE PRAYED, AND WE JUST

PLEADED WITH GOD THAT HE MAY

JUST BRING HER BACK.

Reporter: THE NEXT 48

HOURS WERE LONG AND

DIFFICULT.

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

HAS BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE

EYES, JUST LIKE HER MOTHER.

THE NURSE ASKED ME WHAT HER

NAME WAS.

AND WITHOUT HESITATION, I

SAID GABRIELLA.

THE BITTERSWEET PART OF IT

IS 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.C.U., AND SHE WAS

EXTREMELY SICK.

AND SHE WASN'T GETTING

BETTER.

SHE WAS GETTING WORSE.

SHE WAS IN A STATE OF

CARDIOVASCULAR COLLAPSE.

YOU DON'T SURVIVE THAT.

THEY ASKED US TO SAY OUR

GOOD-BYES BECAUSE THEY

DIDN'T THINK SHE WAS GOING

TO MAKE IT THROUGH IT.

I REMEMBER ASKING HER

PHYSICALLY, IF YOU HAVE ANY

FIGHT LEFT IN YOU, THEN

FIGHT.

I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD

BE MY LITTLE SISTER TO BE

THE FIRST ONE TO GO.

I WOULDN'T ACCEPT HER

DYING.

Reporter: HE SOON

DISCOVERED MELANIE'S LOW

BLOOD PRESSURE WAS AS A

RESULT OF THE INTERNAL

BLEEDING DURING THE

C-SECTION.

DOCTORS RUSHED HER BACK TO

THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

THEY FOUND AN ARTERY

OPEN.

THEY TOOK OUT OF HER

BELLY FIVE LITERS OF BLOOD.

YOU OR I HAVE FIV FIVE

LITERS OF BODY IN OUR WHOLE

BODY.

Reporter: SHE WAS

PREPPED TO THE MAYO CLINIC

FOR YET ANOTHER SURGERY.

HER EYES WELLED UP IN

TEARS.

AND I RAN OVER AND GRABBED

HER HAND AND SAID, HOW YOU

DOING?

I'M SO PROUD OF YOU.

I WANTED HER TO KNOW I LOVED

HER SO MUCH.

HER SISTER CAME BACK IN THAT

HAD A PICTURE OF GAB ELLA,

AND IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO

HER.

Reporter: DOCTORS BEGAN

THE SURGERY TO CLOSE HER

ABDOMEN.

THE CHANCES WERE VERY

HIGH THAT SHE WAS GOING TO

NEED A HEART AND/OR

HEART-LUNG TRANSPLANT.

THEY THOUGHT SHE WOULD HAVE

SOME SERIOUS NEUROLOGICAL

IMPAIRMENTS.

Reporter: BY NOW, MANY

FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAD

GATHERED AT THE HOSPITAL TO

PRAY FOR MELANIE.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AROUND

AND SEEING EVERYBODY AT ONE

POINT OR ANOTHER JUST HANG

THEIR HEAD IN PRAYER.

A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS THAT

WERE AT THE HOSPITAL OR HAD

COME TO THE HOSPITAL WERE

PROVIDING UPDATES TO PEOPLE

VIA Facebook AND TWITTER.

AND SENDING THE PRAYER

CHAIN, SO TO SPEAK.

Reporter: THOUSANDS

PLEADED, PRAY FOR MELANIE.

WE HEARD FEEDBACK FROM

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND CHRISTIANS IN THE

UNDERGROUND CHURCH IN CHINA,

THAT WERE SHARING THEIR

PRAYERS WITH US.

IT'S A MIRACLE THAT 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

MEDICATIONS.

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 IN CONFUSION,

GOING, WHAT -- WAIT, WHY AM

I HERE?

WHERE IS ELLA.

THE CRAZY THING IS SHE IS

TOTALLY NORMAL.

SHE HAS NO RESIDUAL EFFECTS,

NO NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS.

AND ELLA, WHO IS AN

ANGEL, IS COMPLETELY

HEALTHY.

I'M A DIFFERENT NURSE HAVING

GOING THROUGH THIS AS WELL.

IT 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 ME SO

MUCH, A STRANGER, EVEN.

WOW, THIS IS SO AMAZING.

ALL I CARE ABOUT IS HAVING

ENOUGH AIR IN MY LUNGS TO

TELL MY HUSBAND HOW MUCH HE

MEANS TO ME.

AND JUST REALLY BEING

PRESENT TO MY FRIENDS AND TO

MY FAMILY.

HER RECOVERY IS A

MIRACLE.

HER SURVIVAL IS A MIRACLE.

I THINK 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 WOULD BE THE SPOT

HE WOULD DO IT.

I BELIEVED IN THE POWER OF

PRAYER, BUT NOW THAT

I'VELIZED THROUGH THE POWER

OF PRAYER, I BELIEVE IT 100

TIMES MORE.

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