… that a pregnancy saves the mother’s life. But this one did.
Miracle Astra Alice Alfreda Follett was born prematurely during the 35th week of Roxanne’s pregnancy on Jan. 24 at the University Hospital. In a rare double operation the baby was delivered by Caesarian section moments before doctors started open-heart surgery on her mother.
Dr. [Billy] Wong said Roxanne Follett would likely not be alive today if she hadn’t been pregnant because a tear in her aorta would probably not have been discovered otherwise. Within 24 to 48 hours of an aortic tear, 40% of patients die without surgery, Dr. [Rod] MacArthur added.