Family tragedy avoided, turned into blessing

By KBJR News 1

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Members of a Northland family are counting their blessings, after what could have been a tragedy, turned into a blessing in disguise.

On May 1st Bailey Homstad and her husband Bryan were eating dinner when she could tell something was wrong with Bryan.

He said she should take him to Emergency at the hospital in Cloquet.

Bailey was pregnant at the time and less than a week away from her due date with their second child.

When they got to the hospital they found that Bryan had a tear in his aorta.

The hospital rushed him to the heart specialists at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth.

Bryan underwent emergency surgery... an aortic dissection.

The couple feared the worst, but Bryan came out of surgery safely and in time to able to welcome his newborn son into the world.

"The day still replays in my head quite a bit still, and even at moments where there's slight frustrations with the everyday life, it's like taking a step back and breathing because this couldn't have been here. It could have been a whole different situation. We could have been planning a funeral," said Bailey.

"I'm just real thankful to be here. Ya know, and that I get to raise my two boys. Ya know, and that, that for me is the biggest thing," said Bryan.

Since the couple has been home from the hospital they've been focusing on getting their lives back to normal.

Bryan says he has never felt better in his life.

The Homstads say they will begin working again in the next couple of weeks, thankful that they're able to raise their children together.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com