Laura Chavez

Laura Chavez was a young Native American woman from a pueblo near Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was quite obese and had a cesarean for pre-eclampsia and failure to progress in labor. She suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while on the postpartum floor after her surgery. The code team managed to get her heart beating and she was transferred to the intensive care unit, where she died on April 12, 1999. Her son is being raised back at the pueblo by extended family.