Shelly Cawley gave birth to her daughter Rylan in September last year, however her emergency caesarean caused a blood clot to "break loose" and travel through her blood stream, causing her to go into a coma.
But after hearing her daughter's cries, Cawley soon returned to a stabilised state and woke up.
One year on, the mother reflected on her incredible recovery in a heartwarming post on Facebook. She wrote: "What a difference a year makes.
"Last year I was fighting for my life, and this year I have a one-year-old who is thriving, and I am back in nursing school doing what I love."
At the time of Rylan's birth in September 2014, Mrs Cawley's husband Jeremy said he was in completed shock.
He told FOX46: "The idea of going from the highest of emotions of having a child born… to the next moments where you think you’re going to be saying goodbye to your wife within four or five hours. I was numb."
Mr Cawley said after his wife gave birth, doctors told him they were unsure if she would still be alive the next morning.
But one of his wife's nurses, Ashley Manus, had an idea.
She told WCNC-TV: "We knew skin-to-skin contact was very beneficial to an infant, so we thought, why not try it for a mum because the baby [was] already thriving, she was doing great."
Mr Cawley said initially his daughter Rylan lay peacefully on her mum and fell asleep, so he and the nurses worked to try and make her let out a sound.
When Rylan cried, the staff instantly saw a spike in Mrs Cawley's vitals (heartbeat, breathing rate, temperature and blood pressure). A few days later she woke up.
Mrs Cawley told FOX46: "They think that me hearing her subconsciously gave my body and my subconscious a reason to fight - that I still needed to be there for my baby."
She said she remembered waking up and staring at her daughter's face (captured in the video above).
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, Mrs Cawley added: "I remember staring at Rylan’s face and thinking she is the most beautiful baby in the world.
"I know every mum feels that way but I felt like we had a special connection because of everything that had happened."