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Woman who chooses to save baby dies of rare condition after C-section

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AURORA, Colorado (PIX11) — Karisa Bugal faced an unimaginable choice.

When the 34-year-old went into labor on Nov. 3, doctors told her she had a rare and often fatal condition called amniotic fluid embolism, when the fluid that surrounds a baby in the uterus, or material such as the baby’s hair, enters the mother’s bloodstream.

The baby’s heart rate had started to dip. With her baby in danger, Bugal decided to have an emergency C-section with anesthesia, KUSA-TV reported. After 7-pound Declan was born, Bugal was alert and asked “How big is he?” She died soon after.

Bugal posted on Facebook about giving birth the morning of Nov. 3.

“Hold on to what you have now because you never know when it’s going to be taken away from you,” Bugal’s husband, Wes, told KUSA-TV.

A GoFundMe campaign set up to help the family, including Bugal’s daughter, Mallory, has raised more than $45,000.