There should never be doubts about a mother’s love for her child. A mother is gentle, kind and willing to make any type of sacrifice. In a selfless act, a mother from Aurora, Colorado, made a decision during childbirth that put the life of her unborn baby son before her own.
The mother of Declan Jay Bugal passed away shortly after giving birth to what doctors at the Medical Center of Aurora described as a 7-pound miracle. During labor, doctors discovered that Karisa Bugal had a rare condition called amniotic fluid embolism.
“The amniotic fluids surrounding the baby or part of the baby’s skin or hair gets into the mother’s bloodstream and that causes catastrophic shutdown of all the organs,” Dr. Kelly Gerow said. “We don’t know how to prevent it. We don’t know how to keep it from happening at all.”
Sadly, medical experts explained that around 1 – 12 mothers in every 100,000 deliveries have amniotic fluid embolism. The condition is so rare that the condition itself hasn’t been extensively studied. The depressing truth about this condition is that most mothers who develop it do not survive.
After medical staff informed Bugal about the dangers of her condition, she had two options: undergo surgery that could save her life but endanger Declan (whose heart rate had begun to dip), or get a Caesarean section to save her unborn baby’s life but put her own at risk.
The choice was hard for Bugal, but she did what she thought was right. Bugal chose the second option — a decision that a few hours later resulted in her death.
“Around 7:30 a.m. is when they came in and rushed her back to the delivery room for an emergency c-section,” said Wes Bugal, Karisa’s husband. “That was about the last time I saw her.”
Words cannot describe the heartbreak the family was going through. Wes said he didn’t know how he would raise the two kids without his wife, but he would manage somehow.
Wes says the hardest part is explaining to the children what happened to the mother. “How do I explain to him that his mom is gone giving birth to him?
I think about that all the time,” Wes Bugal said. “How do I explain when he asks where’s mommy?”
An emotional story about a mother making the ultimate sacrifice for her child. Even though we never knew Karisa personally, her actions described the type of person she was. A person who cared for her children more than anything.
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