A 34-year-old British woman living in Barcelona for two years managed to survive after more than six hours in cardiac arrest after suffering severe hypothermia when she was surprised by a storm in the Pyrenees.
Firefighters who rescued her unconscious last November 3, with a body temperature of only 18 degrees, and the doctors who attended her, explained the case Thursday.
Eduard Argudo, MD from the Intensive Care Unit at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, explained that due to the critical condition in which the woman arrived, it was decided to apply the ECMO device for the first time in a case of severe hypothermia. is delivered through a system that oxygenates blood outside the body and returns it after controlling its temperature with a water circuit.
"It's an exceptional case in the world: the longest cardiac arrest ever documented in Spain," said Eduard Argudo.
With this system, the heart beat again after more than six hours and without any sequel to the patient, who today thanked the work of professionals who saved her life.
“I don't remember anything about that weekend” and when they said “I thought it was a miracle,” said Audrey Mash, an English teacher in Barcelona.