Mother survives 45 minutes without a pulse in childbirth after 'spontaneously resuscitating'

Doctors were about to pronounce Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro dead when she suddenly awoke

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A mother has survived for 45 minutes without a having a pulse after complications arose during a caesarean section.

Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, was about to be pronounced dead by doctors, who had called her mother, husband and sister into the operating room to tell the family there was nothing they could do, when she suddenly awoke on 23 September.

Doctors at Boca Raton Hospital in Florida revealed this weekend that they had spent nearly three hours trying to revive Ms Graupera-Cassimiro after her she suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism following the birth of her baby girl.

After her daughter, Taily, was delivered by caesarean section, amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream and heart, creating a vacuum that stops circulation. Doctors say the condition is often fatal.

Medical workers used shock paddles and chest compressions throughout the emergency to try to restore Ms Graupera-Cassimiro’s heartbeat, Thomas Chakurda, a spokesperson for the hospital said.

“She essentially spontaneously resuscitated when we were about to call the time of death,” he said.

But she suffered no burns from the shocks and no bruises from the CPR undertaken in an attempt to keep her blood flowing, according to the Sun Sentinel. 

Mr Chakurda said that despite having suffered 45 minutes with no pulse, Ms Graupera-Cassimiro has suffered no brain damage, and doctors have described her as “the picture of health” a month on.

He added that doctors have not been able to explain her survival, instead calling her case that of “divine providence”.