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Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Survives 45 Minutes without Pulse

Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, went to Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida for a cesarean section on September 23.

The surgery was uneventful and the baby was healthy, but Graupera-Cassimiro started to experience shortness of breath and doctors had to call a code when she stopped breathing. They tried for three hours to revive her but it was no use. She had no pulse for 45 minutes. (Sun Sentinel)  


Then, her heart started beating again on its own.  “She essentially spontaneously resuscitated when we were about to call the time of death,” said Thomas Chakurda, the hospital spokesman told the Associated Press. A day later, Graupera-Cassimiro was taken off life support. And today she is “the picture of health.”


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