Breathless, I was wondering that too. I think we must have read coleslaws very tragic and sad news about her baby this morning.
I will have to say that *I* personally in the last 15-16 years that I have been literally "obsessed" with obstetrics, births, and women's birthstories, I've heard more stories about babies being born with cord injuries than anything else. Yet, I read time and time again that some babies are easily born with the cord wrapped around their necks and with knots and are perfectly fine. Is it the luck of the draw? I don't know. I know that when I was really militant natural birth supporter, that this was the one issue that didn't seem to bother me when people had medicated births or cesareans -- I just knew to many, read about too many who had lost their babies that way (some before they were ever born).
Two babies, one of them being my husband's youngest brother, in my husbands family have died from cord injury -- prolapse cord and then one had it wrapped tightly around the neck twice and around the arm tightly. Recently a friend of mines cousin lost her baby to cord injury. Baby was breech, cord was really long, and some how strangled herself on the cord. It was wrapped weirdly all around her body and constricting her neck. My neighbor's MIL was/is a mountain woman and worked with a midwife for years (she is also a LPN) and said they had more complications with babies with cord issues than anything else, including breeches.
I have to say that cord injury scares the bejezus out of me, especially since I carry my babies breech or transverse, because it just seems to be the luck of the draw. At the OB office I go too, they now do ultrasounds at 35-36 weeks to check position of baby and to look at where the cord is. They have the new GE Volusion machine that actually color codes the cord that shows how many vessels it has and where the cord is. I know some probably think this is awful and just another intervention to interfere with normal birth -- and to some extent I agree, but I have to say I am interested in seeing how things look with my breech baby in 3-4 weeks and her cord.
One of the reasons I personally am against ECV is risk of cord injury, but I am firmly in the belief that if a baby is breech and they can't be turned by low intervention techniques like Websters, tilts, or accupuncture, then there is a reason they are that way.