Wife makes miraculous recovery after carbon monoxide poisoning - WKRN News 2

Wife makes miraculous recovery after carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted: Updated: Nov 30, 2013 11:52 PM

In October, Murfreesboro residents Allison and Craig Morgan were hospitalized in Birmingham, Alabama after they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping in an RV at Talladega's Motor Speedway.

Craig did not survive, but after spending over a month at the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Hospital, Allison has made what doctors called a miraculous recovery.   

Now she's back home caring for their four-year-old daughter, Carly, and adjusting to life without Craig.

Allison said she and Craig drove down to Talladega on Friday, October 18 to spend the weekend watching NASCAR racing with a group of friends. Carly stayed in Murfreesboro with her grandparents. 

The last thing Allison remembers is going to bed that night.

On Saturday, friends found the Morgans unconscious in their RV, having suffered carbon monoxide poisoning thought to have been caused by a generator left on overnight.

The couple was airlifted to UAB hospital where Craig died.

Doctors said Allison's organs had begun to shut down, so her family agreed to try to a treatment not usually used on patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Doctors put her on an ECMO machine, which worked in place of her heart and lungs, allowing those organs to recover.

The medical gamble paid off. 

After nearly two weeks of unconsciousness, Allison awoke with full brain function.  Doctors called her recovery a miracle.

Allison told News 2 that losing Craig has left a big void in her life.  However, she says her number one priority is taking care of Carly and making sure she's adjusting to life without her father. 

Friends of the Morgans set up a fund for Carly at the First National Bank in Manchester.

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