Sussex mom thanks doctors and nurses who saved her and her baby
Joanna Dahl suffered a heart attack during labor
WAUKESHA-As she was bringing a new life into the world, 34 year old Joanna Dahl almost lost her own.
"When I was ready to have the baby I had crashed," Dahl tells CBS 58 News, "I had a heart attack, they didn't know why it was happening."
So the first birthday of the baby that was delivered through that ordeal was extra special on Wednesday.
Dahl celebrated the occasion with doctors and nurses at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
The child was Joanna's third. The medical team immediately performed CPR when she suffered cardiac arrest and kept blood flowing to the unborn child.
The little girl was delivered healthy and named "Zoe" the Greek word for life.
"It makes me really sad and humble to know that any minute, any second of this time something could a different course," Dahl said while fighting back tears.
Just last year, a USC study concluded that pregnancy increased the risk of a deadly heart attack, even in women who don't have normal risk factors for heart disease.
But the study's author said it should not discourage women from becoming pregnant because the incidence was still very small.
Still while rare, they proved fatal for roughly 7% of women, a rate three times higher than what doctors anticipate in non-pregnant women of the same age.