JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Her family calls it a miracle, a local woman gives birth to a baby while on life support. It's something doctors at the hospital say has never happened there before.
We talked to the woman's family on Sunday and they tell us it's been an emotional few months.
Family members tell us 36-year-old Candace Buck is finally awake after spending more than a month on life support and in arms reach is a newborn baby girl Chloe.
Buck's mother, Sharon Woodard tells us just a month ago they didn't think this day was possible.
On Christmas Day Buck was put on life support at the Johnson City Medical Center after being hospitalized for severe pneumonia in both lungs.
She was 24-weeks pregnant with her third daughter.
"Her lungs kept collapsing and they kept having to put chest tubes in her lungs which she had a total of eight chest tubes," adds Woodard.
Buck's husband Sean tells us, just a week later her conditioned worsened, "It would take a miracle for her to live."
Doctors were getting ready to do an emergency c-section.
"I was so scared she was going to have to be c-sectioned and they said if she did it would probably kill her," adds Buck.
But at the last moment, Candace bounced back. Two weeks later, still on life support, she went into natural labor.
Baby Chloe was born weighing 3 pounds 4 ounces.
"She's got to see the baby one time, it was great," adds Woodard.
That week both mother and daughter had their ventilators removed and they continue to improve.
We're told even the hospital staff is amazed.
"They know it's a miracle. The staff here prayed, doctors prayed," adds Woodard.
Candace's family says she still has weeks of recovery left but the future is looking bright for both mom and baby.
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