Ashley and Andrew have been excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first child – but in the 24 hours leading up to his birth, the happiest day of their life was almost turned tragic.

The couple had been sleeping at their home in St Paul, Minnesota when Ashley was sudden awoken to the sounds of her husband gasping for air, rather than snoring.

Upon calling 911, the paramedics told her that her husband was in full cardiac arrest and she needed to give him CPR.

Even though she had never given CPR before and she was 9-months-pregnant, she overcame her fears and started giving chest compressions to her husband.

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The paramedics eventually arrived and brought Andrew to United Hospital. Doctors said that because of the amount of time that he had been deprived of oxygen, then he may have brain damage – that is, assuming he ever woke up.

Contrary to the odds, however, Andrew opened his eyes the next day. Not only that, he woke up just in time to witness the birth of his son Lennon.

Doctors credit his amazing survival to his wife’s speedy and courageous response – but Ashley is simply happy to have her entire family returning home safely and soundly.

(WATCH the video below or our international viewers can watch the footage on the CBS News website)

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