Monday, January 04, 2010

Mother Dies and Newborn Near-Dies, Both Come Back to Life

Linda and I just watched CNN's Anderson Cooper present a story on a woman who died while about to give birth to her baby. When the baby was taken by C-section it, also, was dead.

"Doctors discovered that (the mom) Tracy had stopped breathing and lost a pulse. Hospital staff rushed to revive her with chest compressions and a breathing tube, but eventually told Hermanstorfer that their best efforts had failed. "I was holding her hand when we realized she was gone," (husband Mike) Hermanstorfer said. "My entire life just rolled out.""

"Doctors quickly delivered (baby) Coltyn by caesarean section, but he appeared lifeless as he was given to his father. After a few agonizing minutes of doctors trying to revive the baby, the father says he saw his son begin to stir in his arms, and soon learned that his wife had also miraculously revived. "My legs went out from underneath me," he recalled Tuesday. "I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me.""

So, Mike Hermanstorfer has a "testimony." He can say this: "My wife was pronounced dead and my baby son was either dead or near-dead. Then, they came to life."

""[Tracy] had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing," said (maternal fetal medicine specialist Dr. Stephanie) Martin. "The baby was, it was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate.""

"While medical science was left without an explanation, Mr. Hermanstorfer credited "the hand of God" for making a miracle of a near tragedy. "We are both believers ... but this right here, even a nonbeliever - you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation," he said. "Wherever I can get the help, I'll take it," said Martin, when asked about divine intervention."