Before Erica Nigrelli collapsed in a co-worker’s classroom at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, she was unaware how dire her condition was.

“Apparently I told her ‘I feel very faint,’ and I put my head down and essentially just passed out,” the 32-year-old English teacher recalled.

Nigrelli, who was 36 weeks pregnant, technically died, said WMUR-TV.

Two Lives...Were Hanging in the Balance: Pregnant Woman Dies, Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Is Brought Back to Life!

Erica Nigrelli. (Credit: YouTube)

“I opened the door and walked in and Erica was lying on the floor,” said Erica’s husband Nathan, also a teacher at the high school.

Erica’s heart had stopped and co-workers began CPR and used a defibrillator to get try to get it working again. They kept Nigrelli alive until paramedics arrived, who then rushed her to a hospital. There doctors delivered her baby girl Elayna by emergency caesarean section.

Two Lives...Were Hanging in the Balance: Pregnant Woman Dies, Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Is Brought Back to Life!

Nigrelli in the hospital. (Credit: YouTube)

Since Nigrelli’s heart wasn’t beating at the time, Elayna’s was technically a postmortem delivery.

“There were two lives that were hanging in the balance the whole time,” Nathan said.

Two Lives...Were Hanging in the Balance: Pregnant Woman Dies, Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Is Brought Back to Life!

Nathan holds his new daughter, Elayna. (Credit: YouTube)

But doctors were able to bring Nigrelli back to life. After Nigrelli had revived, they discovered she had an undetected heart defect, which is now managed by a pacemaker.

Elayna is now three months old and weighs nine pounds. Doctors said she’s growing and thriving.

Says mom: “She’s just a baby, a normal baby.”

Two Lives...Were Hanging in the Balance: Pregnant Woman Dies, Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Is Brought Back to Life!

Mom and baby, safe at home. (Credit: YouTube)

Check out the news clip of the amazing event here:

(H/T: WMUR)

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