Doctors rescued a woman whose heart stopped for six hours

Heart 34-year-old woman stopped because of hypothermia when she and her husband walked in the mountains.

Spanish doctors rescued British woman Audrey Mash, whose heart stopped for six hours.

The case happened a month ago in the Catalan Pyrenees, where she was vacationing with her husband. However, doctors from the clinic Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona decided to tell about the unusual incident just now.

The couple was walking in the mountains, the weather deteriorated sharply, and the woman lost consciousness. According to her husband, she had no signs of life. When rescuers arrived, 34-year-old Mash’s body temperature dropped to 18 degrees Celsius.

To resuscitate the woman in the clinic, the system of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was used, with the help of which cardiac activity was still restored.

According to Doctor Eduard Argudo, the key factor for resuscitation of the British woman was the state of her brain. “There was a rapid cooling of the brain, and its oxygen demand dropped dramatically before the cardiac arrest,” he said.

Interestingly, the doctors did not record any neurological complications of the patient except for the loss of sensitivity of the fingers. Because of this, the Mash had to buy new pants because of the problems with doing up buttons.

The media emphasizes that such cases are unique, and in Spain, it did happen for the first time.