39 week pregnant wife uses CPR to save her husband, delivers their son shortly after husband awakes from coma

By Dave Andrusko

Photo: Courtesy CaringBridge

At 39 weeks, Ashley Goette knew she’d be making a visit soon to the hospital to deliver her son, Lennon. She couldn’t have known, however, that she’d be going there early because her husband, Andrew, had gone into cardiac arrest!

Ashley told CBS News’s Jeff Glor that on October 15th, she “noticed he was not snoring, he was gasping for air,” so she called 911. It turned out that Andrew was in full cardiac arrest.

“They wanted me to get him down to a hard surface but I explained to them I was pregnant,” she explained to Glor. Untrained in CPR and not knowing if she was up to it, Ashley was nonetheless able to administer CPR to her husband until the ambulance arrived. Andrew was then transported to United Hospital from the couple’s home in West St. Paul.

“I don’t think Andrew would be here today if it wasn’t for the actions of Ashley,” critical care physician Dr. Alex Teeters told local station KSTP. “Absolutely the number one thing is she recognized that there was a problem, and called for help.”

Beyond saving her husband’s life, the story has several additional wonderful twists.

First and foremost that having been deprived of oxygen, there was great concern that Andrew, 28, would suffer major brain damage.

Doctors immediately placed him in an induced coma to minimize the risks of brain injury. From Fox9’s Naomi Pescovitz’s excellent account we learn

“I didn’t want to have to think for one second about having to do any of this without him,” said Ashley. “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 the next day.

“Libby [the nurse] grabbed him and said ‘Andrew, do you know you’re having a baby?’ And he went mhm. And she was like do you want to be there to be a part of your baby’s life? And he shook his head yes,” Ashley said.

The day after that Ashley was induced. The following day, Lennon Andrew Goette was born at 6 pounds 14 ounces.

Andrew was moved over from the ICU so he could lay beside his wife.

As it approached time for the planned C-Section, Ashley was moved to another room. The first person to hold their son was Andrew who had been watching it all on FaceTime.

“I’m still watching on my phone as they’re coming through the door,” Andrew told Pescovitz. “So that was pretty cool. And I was already standing there with my shirt off waiting for him, with all my electrodes still hanging off of me.”

“It could not have been more dramatic,” Ashley Goette told Pescovitz.

“Nothing’s been subtle about this guy so far,” Andrew Goette said.