Before October, Ashley Goette’s pregnancy was going as planned. Then, one morning, everything changed in the blink of an eye. This brave pregnant wife from Minnesota saved her husband’s life, before giving birth to their son. Here is everything you need to know about this incredible story of two lives given new life in just 24 hours.
The Fateful Morning
Andrew and Ashley Goette, both 28, are a happily married couple from West Saint Paul, Minnesota. Recently, Ashley became pregnant with the couple’s first child. Everything was going well, and the two were eagerly anticipating becoming parents for the first time.
Then, one fateful day in October, the course of the Goette’s lives unexpectedly changed forever. It was a Tuesday morning, and Ashley got up earlier than usual to prepare for a conference call. At the time, she was 39 weeks pregnant. When she awoke, Ashley thought Andrew was still asleep, just snoring loudly. Then, she realized her husband was not snoring, but out of breath and gasping for air.
Even though her panic, Ashley called 911. Then she heard what no pregnant wife wants to hear: she would have to perform CPR on her husband. The dispatcher coached the soon-to-be mother through performing CPR. Ashley did not stop – even though she did not understand what was happening to her husband, who was turning blue, according to the 911 call obtained ABC News. Until the paramedics arrived, Ashley continued giving CPR; the EMTs then rushed Andrew to United Hospital in Saint Paul.
When the ambulance got to the hospital, doctors warmed up his body and put him on medication. At that moment, things were not looking good. Doctors were concerned Andrew might have brain damage from not receiving enough oxygen. Everyone else was “preparing for the worst” – but not Ashley.
Andrew went into a coma for over 24 hours. Of those terrifying, yet fateful hours, Ashley said, “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.”
Then, by a combination of Ashley’s perseverance and actions, as well as the hard work of the hospital staff, things began to change. Andrew’s body temperature started to rise, and doctors began cutting back his medication. Ashley was by his side this whole time. ICU nurse Libby Remmers, who was taking care of Andrew, said, “I looked at him at one point and said ‘Andrew, open your eyes’ and he did.” Andrew’s eyes opened on October 17, a full day after slipping into a coma.
Afterward, doctors diagnosed Andrew with Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome. This is a condition which can cause a rapid heartbeat, also known as a heart arrhythmia, which Andrew experienced on that terrifying morning. Doctors say Andrew prognosis is “fantastic” and that he’s doing great.
Welcoming Baby Lennon
After Andrew’s amazing revival, Ashley was told she was due. Unfortunately, Andrew’s pregnant wife was set to give birth in a different hospital, and Andrew couldn’t be by her side. Nevertheless, Ashley’s sister set up a FaceTime call so Andrew could see his son being born. After the birth, despite being in a different hospital, the father was still able to say hello to his new baby boy.
A little while later, the hospital was able to get the new family together, and Andrew was resting by his wife, bed by bed. They named their firstborn Lennon Andrew. “I was just excited to be able to get to hold him right away. First, actually.”
Afterward, Ashley and baby Lennon were discharged but stayed by the new father’s side until he could go home too. Now, despite the rocky end to the pregnancy, the family is doing great! Doctors said that if it weren’t for Ashley, Andrew wouldn’t be where he is today.