We're utterly astounded by this pregnancy story, out of South Bend, Indiana. It's amazing what a pregnancy can withstand!
A 33-year-old woman there suffered cardiac arrest while 20 weeks pregnant, at a church gathering. Since she was otherwise healthy, doctors kept her (and her fetus) alive by cooling her to approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit, almost nine degrees below normal body temperature. (She was kept in this condition for 12 hours, during which her fetus was observed to be shivering!) Ultimately, the mom-to-be was revived, brought back to normal temperature — and she recovered. Her baby was born at 39 weeks and has reached every normal developmental milestone in the first two years of his life.
"The mother and child both had great outcomes despite an incredibly harrowing episode during her pregnancy," said Aakash Chauhan, MD, MBA, of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn who has studied her case.
Doctors now believe that this procedure, which had previously been thought too risky for pregnant women, can be used to save other mothers and children in similar situations.
Read the whole story at sacbee.com.