Mom, Lynn, was expecting their third child, a girl.
"She wanted a baby girl for so long, she has two boys," said Betty Connor, Lynn's mother. "They thought let's try one more time, see if we can have a girl."
I first met Lynn and her mother, Betty, at East Hills Mall back in early December when they were visiting Santa Claus. Lynn's unborn daughter sat on his lap before she was even born.
It was a last minute visit before she entered the world.
But little did they know, their Christmas season would take a scary turn.
"The morning of Monday the 16th, she started having some contractions and things and then she said I think I'm bleeding," Betty said.
Lynn and Betty rushed to Heartland in St. Joseph.
"My wife told me to just stay in St. Joe and meet at the hospital," Lynn's husband, Josh Brown said.
Dr. Suzanne Eggers was Lynn's doctor.
"My nurse said there's just something in her voice that doesn't sound quite right," Eggers said. "Normally I wouldn't be sending her in but because of that I recommended that she go to labor and delivery. She came in and we admitted her like a normal labor."
Lynn went into labor a week early.
"After her epidermal the boys came in and one on each side holding her hand, kinda coaching her," said Amy, an OB Nurse. "It was so sweet."
"She was complete, so at that point we expedited delivery and at that point was when everything had changed," Eggers said.
Lynn's blood pressure dropped.
"At that point I had asked her to push and I wasn't getting an appropriate response," Eggers said.
So Eggers used a vacuum to deliver the baby.
"The baby was perfect," Amy said. "She was fabulous, so that was a huge weight off our shoulders."
But Lynn continued to get worse.
"I had them bring an ultrasound in and her entire left side next to her uterus had blood in it," Eggers said.
Dr. Eggers soon discovered Lynn's uterus had ruptured.
"The nurse told me I had to keep her eyes open and keep her talking," Josh said. "One of the hardest things I had to deal with."
All Josh and Betty could do, was wait.
"When they were wheeling her down the hallway, that was the hardest," Betty said. "I wasn't sure that I would ever see her again."
Doctors took Lynn to surgery, where things got even worse.
"She lost an amazing amount of blood and went into something called DIC, so for awhile it was concerning," Eggers said.
In an attempt to save her life, doctors performed surgery throughout the night.
"I just thought it was going to be terrible for my wife not to meet our daughter and for our kids to not have a mother," Josh said. "That's the only thing that kept running through my mind."
Lynn had lost 15 to 16 units of blood. The Brown's want to emphasize the importance of blood donation because of what happened next. Quick responses by her doctors, and Heartland's blood transfusion protocol saved her life.
"She's very lucky because she is young and healthy and that's partly why she's here today," Eggers said.
By 6 a.m. doctors had completed surgery, which included a hysterectomy.
"We wanted her to get better and get back to her kids," ICU nurse Lesa Eiberger said.
Which she did. Slowly, but surely.
"Everybody says how lucky we are and how we are miracles that we both made it," Lynn said.
Lynn doesn't remember very much from the ordeal, except for one key thing. Two days after the birth, she met baby Desiree for the first time.
"Actually getting to see her and getting to hold her was one of the best feelings," Lynn said, holding back tears.
And now when they look in her eyes, they will be reminded of the miracle that happened this Christmas season.
Lynn and her family reached out to KQ2 to do this story to emphasize the importance of blood donation and to thank each and every doctor and nurse that helped them.
The family recently went to the hospital to give them flowers, but Lynn said, that's not enough to thank them.
"How do you thank somebody that saved your child's life," Betty said.
Their medical bills are just now coming in and the entire ordeal will cost the family thousands of dollars. Insurance will pay for most of it, but they are now looking for other ways to pay.
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