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Pregnant Michigan mom survived terrifying fire by leaping from window

A Michigan mom is celebrating the birthday of her “miracle baby,” Brinley, whose parents nearly died in a horrific fire while she was pregnant, after the expectant mother barely survived by jumping out of a second-story window.

Last May, Rachel Standfest, 26, was 36 weeks pregnant and living with her husband, Travis, in her parents’ barn apartment in Grand Rapids, where they were finishing up renovations on their home.

With just four weeks until her due date, Rachel woke up one night to smoke billowing from the barn.

A Michigan mom is celebrating the birthday of her “miracle baby,” Brinley, whose parents nearly died in a horrific fire while she was pregnant, after the expectant mother barely survived by jumping out of a second-story window. Rachel Standfest/Instagram

“Something triggered me to get up and check the stairs, and all I could see was smoke,” Rachel said. He told People magazine.

“I ran back and shook Travis and called my mom.”

“The last thing I remember is Travis punching the screen door and seeing my mom in the driveway yelling, ‘get out now!'”

“That’s probably the last thing I remember of those two weeks.”

With just four weeks until her due date, Rachel woke up one night to smoke billowing from the barn. Rachel Standfest/Instagram

Travis managed to lower his wife out of the window, which was estimated to be 20 feet high, and she hit the ground unconscious and suffered a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage.

“It was just fight or flight. And that’s when I knew I was scared,” Rachel said.

“I know we both had moments where we thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s over? Are we going to die?’ But we weren’t scared to jump because we knew that’s the only way we could survive.”

Travis managed to lower his wife out of the window, which was estimated to be 20 feet high, and she hit the ground unconscious and suffered a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage. Rachel Standfest/Instagram

With no one there to help him get it down, Travis had to run through the flames and downstairs to escape.

“There were seven fire stations. They said it was the most intense fire they’ve seen in 27 years. And it burned very fast. When it was fully engulfed, it was burning about six feet of space per second,” Travis told People magazine.

The open barn door added fuel to the fire, but it also allowed Travis to make a desperate escape.

The couple were rushed to hospital, where doctors decided to perform an emergency Caesarean section on Rachel. Rachel Standfest/Instagram

“If that door hadn’t been open, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get out,” he said.

The couple were rushed to hospital, where doctors decided to perform an emergency Caesarean section on Rachel.

“This required cutting open third-degree burns, and they’d never done that before,” Rachel said.

Miraculously, the baby girl was born healthy and suffered no ill effects from either the fire or her mother’s horrific fall. Rachel Standfest/Facebook

“I was like, ‘No, I have to make a decision. There are a lot of smart people in this room. What are we going to do?’ And within 15 or 20 seconds, Brinley was out.”

Miraculously, the baby girl was born healthy and suffered no ill effects from either the fire or her mother’s horrific fall.

Her name, Brinley, was chosen weeks before the fire, but we only learned afterward that it was an Old English word meaning “burnt glade.”

After a year of support from friends and family, Rachel and Travis say they are “so happy we’re alive and we’re here,” and have even more happiness on their hands, announcing last month that they are pregnant with their second baby. Rachel Standfest/Facebook

“I think that’s really where the faith part started for my family and for me, but when I heard that, I felt like it wasn’t just a coincidence,” Travis said.

Rachel remained in the hospital for nearly a month, while Travis was released after about a week.

After a year of help from friends and family, Rachel and Travis say they are “very lucky to be alive and to be here.”

And the blessings just keep on showering on them: Last month, they announced they’re expecting another baby.

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