Shanghai Daily reports that medical staff at a Shanghai hospital began weeping when a woman unexpectedly awoke after losing consciousness during a rare and often fatal pregnancy complication.
The 31-year-old woman was brought into the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital on Saturday with amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), which in many cases has resulted in multiple organ failure.
But following emergency treatment that included a cesarean section delivery and being given 53 units of blood — including full blood, plasma and blood products — she awoke on Sunday.
“It’s a medical miracle and all the medical staff cried when she woke up and talked to her family,” said Dr Liu Ming, deputy director of the hospital’s obstetric department.
“Not every pregnant woman with AFE can be saved. It requires teamwork and support from all medical facilities and health authority,” added Liu.
The woman, who was 38 weeks pregnant gave birth to a baby boy who is now in critical condition.
AFE occurs when amniotic fluid, fetal cells and various other debris enter a pregnant woman’s bloodstream. Liu said that the mortality rate from AFE is over 60 percent.
“When I arrived, she was not breathing, had no heartbeat and her blood pressure was hardly measurable,” said an anesthetist at the scene.
A medical team of 40 people treated the woman for hemorrhaging and allergic reactions. The woman was removed from a respirator yesterday and is now under strict monitoring.
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