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Karisa Bugal Dies While Saving the Life of Her Newborn Son

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 06:02 AM

When doctors diagnosed that Karisa Bugal was suffering from a rare medical condition during labor earlier this month, the Colorado woman's final decision of her life was to save the life of her unborn child.

Dr. Kelly Gerow told KUSA-TV that physicians diagnosed Bugal with amniotic fluid embolism when she went into labor Nov. 3 at the Medical Center of Aurora while preparing to give birth to her son.

"The amniotic fluids surrounding the baby or part of the baby's skin or hair gets into the mother's bloodstream and that causes catastrophic shutdown of all the organs," Gerow told the television station. "We don't know how to prevent it. We don't know how to keep it from happening at all."

The condition affects one in 15,200 deliveries in North America and one in 53,800 deliveries in Europe, according to the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation.

With the heart rate of her baby dropping, Bugal chose to have a cesarean, giving her child the best chance to live, doctors told the television station. She died shortly after Declan Jay Bugal's birth.

"How do I explain to him that his mom is gone giving birth to him? I think about that all the time," said Karisa's husband Wes Bugal. "How do I explain when he asks where's mommy?"

On a GoFundMe.com page established by friend Kendall Tinnes to help the family, the death was described as an "overwhelming tragedy" for Wes Bugal and the couple's daughter Mallory.

"Karisa was 34 years old and was set to celebrate her 8 year wedding anniversary on the 5th followed by her 35th Birthday on the 8th of November," Tinnes wrote on the GoFundMe page that had raised more than $53,300 for the family over the past 19 days.

"Wes and the kids will try to move forward missing greatly the touch and presence of Karisa in their lives. The tasks at hand and the tasks yet to come cannot be asked of any one person. Through the pain, anger and heartache they will need to find their way through an endless maze of questions," Tinnes continued.

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When doctors diagnosed that Karisa Bugal was suffering from a rare medical condition during labor earlier this month, the Colorado woman's final decision of her life was to save the life of her unborn child.
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