August 8, 2020

A woman survives after being six hours with her heart stopped – La Provincia

Audrey Mash, a 34-year-old British woman who has resided in Barcelona for two years, was resurrected after be more than six hours in cardiac arrest after suffering a severe hypothermia on November 3, when he was surprised by a storm while making a journey through the Pyrenees in Girona. The woman has not suffered any sequelae or neurological damage.

Firefighters who rescued her unconscious, in cardiac arrest and with a temperature of only 18 degrees, and the doctors who attended it, have explained this Thursday the case, which is the only one documented in Spain.

The doctor of the Intensive Medicine Service of the Vall d'Hebron Eduard Argudo Hospital explained that before the severity in which the woman arrived, they decided to apply for the first time in a case of severe hypothermia the ECMO device, which allows to supply cardiac function through a system that oxygenates the blood outside the body and returns it to the body after controlling its temperature with a water circuit.

With this system, the heart beat again after more than six hours without any sequelae left to the patient, who has thanked the work of the professionals who saved her life: "It seemed like a miracle."

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