It's one of the biggest moments in life, giving birth to a first child. But an Omaha mother doesn't remember any of it. She didn't even know she had delivered her baby girl until weeks later.
“Everything was such a blur to me. I couldn't remember anything." Kate Italia was 29 when her life changed forever. “I'm just thankful to be alive."
Kate married her high school sweetheart Nick. A few years later she was pregnant with their first child. She says she didn't have any pregnancy complications until the delivery. “I never thought I would have had a stroke."
During labor, Kate had a massive stroke. Even so, Lilly was born at just four pounds, but otherwise healthy. Kate was in a coma. “I remember, my gosh, opening my eyes and seeing my husband and I was so happy to see him." That was weeks after giving birth. And when she woke up? “I didn't even realize I had delivered Lilly."
Lilly went home after a few days, but her mom couldn't leave for almost four months and when she did get to go..."Once I got in the car with Nick I was so nervous.”
Physical effects from the stroke linger four years later. Kate doesn't use her left arm and her memory is still fuzzy. “I feel sometimes like, like, I'm back." But her bond with her daughter couldn't be stronger. “Getting back together, I like that Taylor Swift.”
She knows how close she came to not getting to watch her little girl grow up. “I thank God every single day for just letting me be with my husband and Lilly." Kate says faith, family and friends helped her through the last four years.
It’s still not exactly clear what led to Kate having a stroke during her daughter's birth. Her case is going through the courts.