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Baby Saved After Westport Mom Dies; Ran In Olympics For Ethiopia

Two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident Meskerem Legesse died Monday but doctors were able to deliver her baby.
Two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident Meskerem Legesse died Monday but doctors were able to deliver her baby. Photo Credit: Myspace

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident Meskerem Legesse collapsed and died Monday, but doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital were able to deliver her baby, WFSB-TV reported .

Legesse, 26, represented Ethiopia at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She ran in 1,500 meters event but was eliminated in the first round of heats.

She was eating lunch at a restaurant in Hamden when she collapsed and was taken to the hospital, WFSB said. Her friends are quoted as saying she had to stop running after developing heart problems.

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