Good point, applejuice. Sometimes it is not the fact that a vaginal birth bum first is dangerous, but what caused the baby to prefer the breech position that is dangerous.
Our doc used to attend lots of breech births at home, all successful, all resulting in healthy, happy moms and babies. Once she was gone, and a mom went into labor and was breech. The midwife wasn't comfortable attending the breech without the doc available, so we sent the mom to the hospital, where she had a c-section. Our midwife scrubbed in and assisted. She said she had never seen such a short cord, and it was wrapped 3 times around the neck. She thought that the baby would probably not have ever descended, but if he had, the cord would have either broken, or he would have suffucated; either way, she is convinced we would have lost the baby, had we attempted a vaginal birth. Sometimes c-sections are the best. Hard to know until afterwards, though.
I firmly believe that someone or something looks after babies and moms. All the many other breech moms our doc used to attend never had any problems. The one that would have ended all our careers, not to mention ended the life of a beautiful little boy, went into labor when our doc was on vacations? Too much of a coincidence to take lightly. So, take heart. Your friend has someone looking out for her.