A Florida mother has survived with no pulse for 45 minutes after complication from a routine cesarean section.
Doctors spent three hours trying to resurrect Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, following the birth of her child after she suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism, Sky News reports.
Thomas Chakurda, spokesman for Boca Raton Hospital, said doctors were about to pronounce the woman’s death on Sept. 23 and had even called her mother, husband and sister into the operating room to say their goodbyes and told them there was nothing else they could do.
Then, her heart monitor suddenly started to detect a beat.
"She essentially spontaneously resuscitated when we were about to call the time of death,” Chakurda said.
Graupera-Cassimiro had given birth to a healthy daughter, Taily, before amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream and heart, stopping her circulation. Doctors say the condition is often fatal.
But not only did Graupera-Cassimiro survive, she suffered no brain damage and is now completely recovered.
In an interview with ABC News, she revealed that throughout the emergency she felt herself floating along a tunnel. But then a “force” stopped her from going any further.
“I remember seeing a spiritual being who I believe was my dad,” she said. “I remember the light behind him and many other spiritual beings.”
Chakurda said doctors delivered shocks in an effort to restart her heart and gave her CPR to keep her blood flowing.
Medical workers at the hospital had no explanation for her survival, Chakurda said, calling her case one of “divine providence.”
"I don't know why I was given this opportunity but I'm very grateful for it,” Graupera-Cassimiro, a human resources manager who now has two healthy children, told the Sun Sentinel. "God had the right people in the right place."
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