A Minnesota woman is being hailed as a hero after she helped save her husband’s life by providing him with CPR when he stopped breathing in his sleep just days before she gave birth in the hospital. Ashley Goette, who was in the final hours of her pregnancy, called 911 after she awoke to the sound of her husband, Andrew Goette, gasping for air and was guided through the process of performing CPR by the dispatcher. In a record of the phone call, the dispatcher can be heard telling Goette to move her husband onto the floor only for a distraught Goette to respond, “I’m pregnant, I can’t do this!” Nevertheless, Goette persisted.
“I don’t think Andrew would be here today if it wasn’t for the actions of Ashley,” said critical care physician Dr. Alex Teeters, noting that Goette kept up the CPR until the ambulance arrived.
At the hospital, it was determined that Andrew had suffered a cardiac arrest and he was put into a medically-induced coma to reduce the chance of brain damage.
“It could not have been more dramatic,” said Goette. “I didn’t want to have to think for one second about having to do any of this without him. I kept telling him the whole time he was asleep, or in his coma, that I was not going to have this baby until he woke up.”
Andrew woke up after 24 hours, and when Ashley began labor the next day he asked to be moved from the ICU so that he could lay beside his wife.
“They brought Andrew down to labor and delivery, on his very own hospital bed and just parked it right next to mine. And he got to be there throughout all of labor and delivery,” Ashley recalled. He was asked to leave the room while Lennon was delivered via C-section, but watched the whole birth through Facetime and was the first person to hold their newborn baby boy, Lennon Andrew Goette.
“I was already standing there with my shirt off waiting for him, with all my electrodes still hanging off of me,” recalled Andrew.
All of this happened just one day before Ashley was scheduled to have her labor induced, and since Andrew has undergone a procedure to correct his heart problem. Now, a huge sense of relief has set in, along with some normal anxiety about being parents. “I think we’re both a little nervous to go home because it’s going to be so much different than when we left, but no we’re very anxious to get home. And to be able to cuddle, these beds aren’t very big,” Ashley said. “He’s coming home. And that’s really the only thing that matters.”
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