In a medical miracle case out of Florida, a mother has survived for 45 minutes without a pulse after giving birth in a Cesearian section surgery.
Doctors were ready to pronounce 40-year-old Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro dead after they couldn’t detect a pulse for some time after the surgery. Boca Raton Regional Hospital officials say Graupera-Cassimiro suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism even though her baby was delivered without any issues. Graupera-Cassimiro is now doing well, despite what happened.
A team of more than a dozen doctors and nurses had been working desperately to revive her. But now they’d lost hope that the 40-year-old Deerfield Beach woman, whose heart had given out without warning after a routine C-section at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, was going to make it.
Devastated, Graupera-Cassimiro’s husband, mother and sister said goodbye to her just hours after they’d welcomed a healthy baby girl. The medical team stopped all lifesaving procedures. They watched a heart monitor, preparing to record a time of death.
And then the impossible happened: A blip of a heartbeat showed up. Then another, and another.
Within a few hours, Graupera-Cassimiro, a human resources manager and now a mother of two, was tugging at the breathing tube on her face and scribbling notes to family.
“There’s very few things in medicine that I’ve seen, working in the trauma center myself and doing all the things that I do, that really were either unexplainable or miraculous,” said Dr. Anthony Dardano, president of the hospital’s medical staff. “And when I heard this story, that was the first thing that came to my mind.”