A pregnant woman diagnosed with a rare medical condition has made the most difficult decision in the labour room before surgery by choosing to die so her baby would live.
Bugal’s joy never came to pass as she was diagnosed with amniotic fluid embolism on November 3, 2014 in the delivery room.
The condition happens when protective fluid around the baby escapes into the rest of the mother’s body, which leads to a breakdown of her organs. The condition is so rare that it hasn’t been extensively studied,according to reports.
After things took a new turn, Bugal was faced with a choice of either undergoing a surgery that would save her own life while endangering Declan, or perform a cesarean that would save her son, Declan’s life and probably end hers.
She eventually chose her son’s life over hers.
A doctor from the hospital where the surgery too place, Dr. Kelly Gerow said that Bugal was able to ask about her son after the surgery before she died.
Bugal’s husband, Wes, said he doesn’t yet know how he will tell the story to their newborn son and his older sister, who is a toddler.
“How do I explain to him that his mom is gone giving birth to him?” Bugal said to 9 News. “How do I explain when he asks where’s mommy?”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family which has attracted donations from various well meaning people.
Karisa Bugal’s husband, Wes Bugal, remembers his wife who chose to die for her son to live in United states. (Photo Credit: Kusas Photos)