After 45 minutes of watching her pulse fade out and without any response to emergency revival procedures, the team of doctors that had just delivered Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro’s baby in a cesarean section called in her family that that was it – she was gone. And they were only waiting to record the time of her death when the heart monitor stopped. But suddenly the heart monitor blipped again and again and Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro revived and came back to life again.

Graupera-Cassimiro is a 40-year old human resources manager and just became a mother of two when her pulse failed and ceased to register on the heart monitor machine for 45 minutes despite all shocks and chest compressions administered on her. But she came back to life when the doctors had just lost hope and waiting to record her time of death.

Her family had just welcomed her new baby and still rejoicing for the new family addition when the received news of her heart failure, but then their joys knew no bounds when they were told that she revived. Even her medical team was surprised beyond belief and they expressed views that this was nothing short of the miraculous.

According to the president of the hospital’s medical staff, Dr. Anthony Dardano, “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. And when I heard this story, that was the first thing that came to my mind.”

This near-death event happened, but the patient is now fully recovered and back at her home. However, doctors were able to understand that she only suffered amniotic fluid embolism – which occurs when fluid surrounding a baby in the uterus enters the mother’s bloodstream and heart, obstructing it. This phenomenon is always very sudden and unpredictable, and it causes a vacuum in circulation that ultimately stops it. This condition is mostly diagnosed during autopsy of the patient, and that Graupera-Cassimiro survived it after a 45-minute lapse is nothing but extremely unusual.

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