Near-death experience: 'The chances of me surviving were slim to none'

Near-death experience: 'The chances of me surviving were slim to none' »Play Video
Keshia Cramer today (left) and a year ago, fighting double pneumonia from H1N1 flu

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EUGENE, Ore. - Keshia Cramer was 25 weeks pregnant and less than a week away from earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon when she began to feel sick.

"From there I just kept getting worse. My fevers kept getting higher," Cramer said. 

At first, doctors thought it was a bladder infection.

After more tests at Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend, foctors delivered the horrible diagnosis: Keshia had double pneumonia caused by the H1N1 flu virus

Doctors induced a coma to stabilize Cramer - and protect her unborn child. Two days into her stay in intensive care, doctors decided to deliver Keshia's 25-week-old baby girl.

"So I had an emergency C-section in my own room. Sitting straight up like in a chair," Cramer said.

Presley Cramer entered the world at just 2 pounds, 1 ounce. She was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

"The night of the delivery they told my husband and my mom and dad and the rest of my family that the chances of me surviving were slim to none," Cramer said.

The double pneumonia was winning the battle.

"She should have died," said Keshia's sister, Kendal Hess of La Pine, "and that something bigger than medicine probably came into play."

Keshia surprised the doctors and slowly improved. She was in a coma for a month but finally emerged. Six weeks after coming to the ER with a fever and body aches, Cramer was discharged from the hospital - an H1N1 survivor.

Last week, Keshia and now 15-month-old Presley were the special guests at a fund-raising luncheon in Eugene for the Children's Miracle Network.

"Thank you everybody," she told the crowd. "Without you it would be impossible for us to be here. Thank you."

Cramer credits her medical team at Riverbend - and Dr. Khuram Ameen in particular - for saving her life.

"It's a miracle that I'm here today," Cramer said, "but I believe that it just wasn't my time to go."

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