BALTIMORE (WJZ-TV) – A Baltimore woman who suffered a heart attack that left her clinically dead for almost an hour calls it a medical miracle after being brought back to life.
July 2 was no ordinary day on the golf course for Kathy Patten. She got the call that her daughter, Stacey Fifer, was in labor. But before meeting her newborn granddaughter, Patten had a heart attack. Moments later she was gone. No heart rate, pulse or oxygen.
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Patten was considered clinically dead for 45 minutes – and it all happened while her daughter was having problems herself. Baby Alora was stuck in the birth canal. This forced Fifer to have an emergency Cesarean after being in labor for 39 hours.
Meanwhile, intense CPR a few parts of her brought the first miracle. “I am so thankful that God gave me a second chance. I’m just going to be the best person I can be, ”Patten says. “It’s very scary, coming back is a second chance at life.”
And then the second: a successful delivery.
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“It was just the fate my mom was meant to be here. It is ultimately because of Alora that my mother is here and that she is in the right place at the right time, ”explains Fifer. “She really is a walking miracle.”
The doctors were also astonished and humbled by the experience.
“I’m not saying you’re welcome, I’m saying thank you,” says Dr. Dov Frankel, one of Patten’s doctors at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. “You taught us what it means to live. You have taught us what it means to not give up.
Whether it’s modern medicine or a higher power, there is something that guides this family to higher ground.
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Mother and baby are happy and healthy. This is Kathy’s 8th grandson.