AURORA, Colorado - Every parent knows the sacrifices it takes to raise a child. In Colorado earlier this month, Karisa Bugal made the ultimate sacrifice and traded her life to save her baby.
Her family says seven pound, four ounce Declan Jay Bugal, born November 3, is a miracle. The delivery was supposed to be a routine Cesarean section. But during delivery, doctors discovered a rare, and often deadly, condition in the mother, amniotic fluid embolism. Doctors say it causes the mother's organs to shutdown.
The delivery turned into an emergency operation. As the baby's heart rate dropped, Bugal had to make a critical decision. She could undergo anesthesia so doctors could get to the baby quickly, or she could stay awake during surgery and delay the delivery. Karisa chose to go under right away. It was the best option for the child and not for herself.
Doctors say if Bugal had chosen otherwise, the baby might not have survived. The choice to save her son cost her her life. It was the last decision Karisa Bugal ever made.
Bugal's sacrifice is a sobering reminder this week that life itself is a gift and something we can all be thankful for.