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Mother dies, comes back to life while delivering son

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A moment with her son Jacob is one Stephanie Arnold thought she would never get to have, but now she lives to tell the story of her miraculous delivery.

"Within a second of him being born, I coded, I seized and I coded, and I was clinically dead for 37 seconds," Arnold explained. 

According to a report by ABC News, complications with the pregnancy began when the Illinois mother was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition that causes the baby's placenta to cover the cervix.

"The radiologist came and said it's really not a big deal, a lot of pregnant women have this, you just need to take it easy and don't worry about it," said Arnold.

Her intuition told her otherwise.

"From 24 weeks on I had a strong, strong premonition that I was going to die. I started to write goodbye letters," Arnold stated.

When she went into labor last May, she began to hemorrhage, causing her her heart to stop.

Doctors were able to revive her, but Arnold spent six days in a coma.

She later learned the situation was a very rare event called amniotic fluid embolism.

According to Dr. Julie Levitt, Arnold's doctor, "This is an event where basically you have an allergic reaction to amniotic fluid, and the amniotic fluid can enter the blood stream during the delivery."

Amniotic fluid embolism, or AFE, affects one in 15,000 deliveries in North America and is the second leading cause of maternal death in the United States.

"I was really lucky to have survived it. I'm still having issues in my recovery but the majority of people who survive this have severe neurological damage and I'm fortunate to not have that," Arnold added.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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