Florida woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

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Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro of Deerfield Beach, Fla., holds her newborn daughter, Taily, on November 4, 2014, as she describes her near-death experience after undergoing a scheduled C-section in Septermber 2014. Her heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital worked more than two hours to revive her. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro of Deerfield Beach, Fla., holds her newborn daughter, Taily, on November 4, 2014, as she describes her near-death experience after undergoing a scheduled C-section in Septermber 2014. Her heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital worked more than two hours to revive her. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro of Deerfield Beach, Fla., holds her newborn daughter, Taily, on November 4, 2014, as she describes her near-death experience after undergoing a scheduled C-section in Septermber 2014. Her heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital worked more than two hours to revive her. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro of Deerfield Beach, Fla., holds her newborn daughter, Taily, on November 4, 2014, as she meets some of the nurses who took care of her while undergoing a scheduled C-section in Septermber 2014. Her heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital worked more than two hours to revive her. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Taily Graupera-Cassimiro, born in September 2014, rests in the arms of her mother, Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro of Deerfield Beach, Fla., on November 4, 2014. Her mother had a near-death experience giving birth to Taily when her heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital worked more than two hours to revive her. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

A spokesman for Boca Raton Regional Hospital told The Associated Press on Sunday that a team of medical workers spent three hours attempting to revive the woman after a rare amniotic fluid embolism.

Spokesman Thomas Chakurda says the doctors were preparing to pronounce her death when a blip on a monitor indicated a heartbeat. Despite going 45 minutes without a pulse, she suffered no brain damage during the Sept. 23 ordeal.

"She essentially spontaneously resuscitated when we were about to call the time of death," said Thomas Chakurda, the hospital spokesman.

Doctors had called the family into the operating room and told them there was nothing more they could do for 40-year-old Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro.

Graupera-Cassimiro gave birth to a healthy daughter before amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream and heart and created a vacuum, stopping circulation. Doctors say condition is often fatal.

Chakurda said the woman's survival is a story of two miracles - her resuscitation and the fact that she survived without serious brain damage.

Medical workers used shock paddles and chest compressions throughout the emergency to try and restore heartbeat and circulation, Chakurda said.

"Today she is the picture of health," he said.

Doctors had no immediate explanation for her survival, Chakurda said, calling her case one of "divine providence."

Graupera-Cassimiro did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Sunday.

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