Ashley and Andrew Goette were happily preparing for the arrival of their first child, after going through some fertility battles. She was supposed to give birth on October 17, but the night before, Ashley found her husband in bed suffocating and fighting to catch a breath, as stated by a GoFundMe page.
Ashley immediately dialed 911.
“The dispatcher walked me through CPR, ’cause I am not trained,” Ashley said to WCCO. “They wanted me to get him down to a hard surface but I explained to them that I am 39 weeks pregnant.”
Andrew was quickly transferred to St. Paul’s United Hospital, where doctors revealed that he had a heart attack, WCCO stated. He was put under sedation, and doctors confirmed he may have gone through “catastrophic brain injury,” as stated by the GoFundMe.
“I didn’t want to think about having a baby without him,” Ashley shared with Minnesota’s Star Tribune. “I’ve known him since I was 15. I don’t remember my life before him, and I didn’t want to think about what my life was going to be like without him.”
But the next day, everything was great, as Andrew started to get better.
“By his side the whole time was Ashley, calm and collected, telling him she would wait to have this baby until he woke up,” the GoFundMe page reports. “As the nurse began to remove the sedatives, Andrew began to twitch. Still thinking it could be shivering or a seizure his nurse Libby said ‘Andrew open your eyes’ … and as if in a movie, he did exactly that!”
Ashley’s induction was postponed for a day because she stayed by her Andrew through his recovery. And when the time came for Ashley to give birth on October 18, they moved Andrew into the laboring room, so he could be there for his wife while she was in labor.
“As if they hadn’t faced enough challenges already, the induction process for Ashley stalled for her at five [centimeters],” the GoFundMe account stated. “The doctors informed her a C-section would be required. Because of limitations in the [operating room], Andrew would have to watch via FaceTime in the next room.”
And that is exactly what he did. She gave birth to a baby boy last Friday, named Lennon Andrew Goette, and he was 6 lbs. and 14 ounces. On Monday, Andrew had a surgery for his heart arrhythmia.
“All of that is nothing,” she commented her thoughts on what happened to them. “He is coming home and that is all that matters.”