Shelly's labor did not go as planned, however. There was a problem, and Shelly's condition went downhill fast. Too fast. What was supposed to be this little family's most joyous moment left a young mother fighting for her life.
Shelly "clearly" remembers being put on a stretcher as they rushed her to the operating room for an emergency C-section. At the time she was crying, worried that she wouldn't wake up from the surgery.
The doctors were able to help Shelly give birth to Rylan, healthy and thriving. However, a blood clot that was loose in her system sent her into a coma.
While it was a beautiful moment, it wasn't what Shelly needed. The nurses and Jeremy wanted Shelly to hear her daughter's cries to help guide her back to the waking world. Of course, being such a happy little baby, Jeremy had to resort to giving her a little pinch.
Eventually, Rylan did start to cry, and shortly after that Shelly began to stir. Soon she was awake, in therapy to rebuild her strength, and ready to be a mom to the little girl who may have saved her life.
Today, both Shelly and Ryan are thriving together. Rylan is a precocious toddler with a penchant for singing and dancing. Shelly has a career and a wonderful family. They even got themselves a dog! As endings go, it doesn't get much happier, but it does get a little more inspiring.
After her experience, no one would blame Shelly for never wanting to step foot in a hospital again. Except, maybe, Shelly herself. Today she is an Emergency Room nurse at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in North Carolina. Now she is able to offer to other people facing scary or serious medical conditions the sort of quick-thinking care she received when she needed it most.
Watch the video below to hear their story in their own words: