The dairy farmer who has saved the life of a pregnant woman with a serious bacterial infection told Global News the decision was the “most important decision” she has ever made.
“I would not have ever done this on my own,” said Jennifer Gagnon, the owner of Gagnons Dairy Farm in the southern Alberta community of Wapusk.
“The doctor told me the risk was too high and I needed to do it on my behalf.”
Gagnus husband was already pregnant with their daughter at the time, and she had to go into labour the day before her daughter’s birth.
But her husband had to take her to the hospital when the bacteria spread to her cervix and she couldn’t go to the clinic because it was a labour-inducing procedure.
“It was the only way I could do it,” Gagnan told Global TV.
“We had a great time with her.
I had to rely on my husband. “
But when I went into labour, I couldn’t do anything on my hands.
I had to rely on my husband.
He did the rest.”
The Gagnans say the bacteria in their cows milk can’t survive for more than 24 hours, and the bacteria has now spread to their farm.
“This is a life-threatening situation, so we decided to get her to hospital as soon as possible,” Gascan said.
“She has to have an emergency caesarean section to be able to have her milk removed.”
The couple decided to go on an early-morning drive from Wapuckish, Alberta, to the city of Lethbridge, where Gagnoni was expecting to start the new year.
Gagno said she’s proud of what her husband has done for his family, and that she’s thankful to have his help.
“You can’t help but feel grateful to have someone who you love to support you,” Gagnoni said.
She said the family was already struggling financially, but now they can’t work.
“At this point we can’t even afford to buy our own milk,” she said.
Global News contacted Gagnonian and her husband, and both agreed to speak on camera.
“Jennifer is extremely grateful to us for her support and her commitment to us, and we want to thank her and her family for everything they’ve done for us,” said a spokesperson for the couple.
“After giving birth, we needed a way to feed her and we felt this was the best way to do so.”
Gagagnoni said she has been “blessed” by the support she’s received from the public.
“They’re always asking me, ‘Why did you do this?’
And I’m like, ‘Because this is my life.
I could have done anything,'” she said of the public support.
Global News reached out to the Gagnones’ local hospital for comment but did not receive a response as of publication time. “
And that’s just not me.”
Global News reached out to the Gagnones’ local hospital for comment but did not receive a response as of publication time.
With files from Global News’ Erin Murphy.