An unborn baby's fingernail is suspected to have drifted into the mother's bloodstream and cause her lungs to collapse. According to FOX News Jan. 7, twins Amelie and Ava were born five weeks premature and needed extra oxygen. Their mother, Angela Cottam, needed extra blood after her lung collapsed.
In a condition that affects one in 80,000 births, either the baby's fingernail or hair somehow leaks into the mother's system where it shouldn't be. Angela lost seven pounds of blood and needed 22 transfusions. Her family feared she wouldn't come out it alive.
The babies were born after doctors induced labor for Angela due to her high blood pressure and immense swelling during the pregnancy. Both children are now eight months old.
According to News.co.au, Angela suffered a rare condition called amniotic fluid embolism. It occurs when "fluid from the sac surrounding the babies leaks into the mother"s bloodstream through blood vessels in the womb."
Angela, 33, was in a coma for 12 hours as a result of the unborn baby's fingernail being released into her bloodstream. She was able to hold her twin daughters the next day and go home the following week.