Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British Woman Revived 6 Hours After Dying

British Woman Revived 6 Hours After Dying

DOCTORS marvel at the miracle British woman who survived hypothermia and over six hours of cardiac arrest, the longest documented heart attack in Spain.

When Mash finally arrived at the hospital almost five hours after the first signs of hypothermia started to set in, doctors explained at a press conference that she had no vital signs - there was no activity in her heart, kidneys or lungs. The British ex-pat, who lives in Barcelona, says she initially expected to stay in the hospital for a month.

Schoeman went into the longest cardiac arrest ever recorded in Spain - but has made a miraculous near-full recovery, according to the report.

Schoeman developed severe hypothermia that played an important role in her incredible survival because it lowered her body temperature and preserved her brain from deterioration, doctors said. Her husband, Rohan Schoeman, told Catalan broadcaster TV3 he thought she was dead.

Mash then fell unconscious.

In fact, if her body temperature wasn't so low, she wouldn't have survived the six-hour cardiac arrest, doctor Eduard Argudo said.

Audrey Mash said she was surprised at the attention her case had attracted and said it had not put her off hiking. "I was trying to feel for a pulse (but) my fingers were also numb".

He said in a statement: "She looked as though she was dead".

Argudo said part of the reason she survived was due to the hypothermia.

"I didn't really know what was going on in my first day or two that I woke up in intensive care", she said at the press conference this week.

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"I don't want this to take away that hobby from me".

To bring Mrs Schoeman back to life her doctors used a specialised machine capable of removing blood, infusing it with oxygen and reintroducing it to the patient.

It was then that her heart began working again, six hours after emergency services were called.

At around 9.45pm, her body temperature was warm enough for doctors to kickstart her heart by administrating an electric shock using a defibrillator.

Twelve days later she was launched from hospital, nearly absolutely recovered and with exclusively lingering points within the mobility and sensitivity of her fingers as a result of hypothermia.

"We were very anxious about any neurological damage", Argudo told the outlet.

Riera told CNN that the human brain usually suffers irreparable damage if the heart stops beating for five minutes, and Schoeman represents a very rare case.

"It's like a miracle", she added, "except it's all because of the doctors".

"Probably this winter, I won't go to the mountains, but I hope that in spring we'll be able to start hiking again".

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