A routine c-section turned from horrible tragedy to miraculous recovery for a woman and her family in Boca Raton, Florida.
Doctors delivered Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro’s baby girl via c-section without any complications. Then, according to the Sun-Sentinel, she suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism, where “fluid that surrounds a baby in the uterus enters a mother’s bloodstream and heart, clogging it. Sudden and unpredictable, it creates a vacuum and stops circulation.”
More than a dozen doctors and staff worked for three hours to revive the 40-year-old, but eventually they agreed that she was beyond hope. The doctors called in Graupera-Cassimiro’s husband, mother and sister to say their last goodbyes just hours after welcoming a healthy baby girl. At that point the medical team stopped all lifesaving procedures and watched a heart monitor, preparing to record her official time of death.
And then a blip of a heartbeat showed up.
Spokesman Thomas Chakurda said that despite going 45 minutes without a pulse, Graupera-Cassimiro suffered no brain damage during the Sept. 23 ordeal.
“She essentially spontaneously resuscitated when we were about to call the time of death,” said Chakurda. He added that her survival is a story of two miracles — her resuscitation and the fact that she survived without serious brain damage. “Today she is the picture of health.” Doctors have no explanation for her survival, calling her case one of “divine providence.”
“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.”
As for Graupera-Cassimiro, she keeps the incident simple. “I don’t know why I was given this opportunity,” she said, “but I’m very grateful for it.” Graupera-Cassimiro returned to the hospital last Tuesday for a reunion, hugging the doctors and nurses who doted over her baby girl Taily. “God had the right people in the right place,” Graupera-Cassimiro said simply.