Date
13 December 2017
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro's heart stopped for 45 minutes after she gave birth. Photo: Facebook
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro's heart stopped for 45 minutes after she gave birth. Photo: Facebook

New mother survives 45 minutes with no pulse

A woman in Florida is taking care of her newborn child at home a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes, AP reported.

Medical workers spent three hours trying to revive the woman, who suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism after a routine cesarean section, a spokesman for Boca Raton Regional Hospital said.

Thomas Chakurda said the doctors were about to pronounce the death of Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, when a blip on a monitor showed a heartbeat.

Despite going 45 minutes without a pulse, she suffered no brain damage.

Doctors had called the family into the operating room and told them there was nothing more they could do for Graupera-Cassimiro.

She had given birth to a healthy daughter before amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream and heart and created a vacuum, stopping circulation. Doctors say the condition is often fatal.

Chakurda said the woman’s survival is a story of two miracles — her spontaneous resuscitation and the fact that she survived without serious brain damage.

“Today she is the picture of health,” he said.

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