A Baltimore grandmother who was clinically dead for 45 minutes after suffering a heart attack was revived at the same hospital where her daughter was simultaneously undergoing an emergency C-section just rooms away.
Kathy Patten was on the golf course July 2 when she got the call that her daughter Stacey Fifer was going into labor with Patten’s eighth grandchild.
Arriving at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and anxiously waiting by her side, Patten suddenly began to feel sick.
Medical workers recommended she head to the center’s Emergency Room, but even with her proximity due to being within the same building, Patten never made it there before going into cardiac arrest, WMAR reported.
Kathy Patten (left) suffered a heart attack at the hospital while awaiting the birth of her eighth grandchild, and was clinically dead for 45 minutes before being revived. Meanwhile her daughter Stacey Fifer was forced to undergo an emergency C-section while her mother was recovering just rooms away
With a new lease on life, Patten said she would make the most of her second chance with her new granddaughter Alora (pictured)
With no pulse, blood pressure or oxygen going to her brain, Patten was clinically dead for 45 minutes while doctors continued to administer CPR. Miraculously, doctors said, she woke up with no damage to her brain, and has since made a full recovery.
‘I’m so grateful God gave me a second chance. I’m just going to be the best person I can be,’ Patten said, according to WJZ.
‘It’s very scary, coming back is a second chance of life.’
Despite the grim prognosis, doctors there said they were determined to bring Patten back.
‘Nobody was going to stop. Nobody was going to relent from anything they were doing. We wanted you to survive more than anything else,’ Dr. David Vitberg, who helped with the resuscitation told Patten, WBAL reported.
‘You asked why we didn’t give up. We didn’t give up because you didn’t give up. You were going to survive,’ Dr. Dov Frankel, who also assisted in in the resuscitation said.
Fifer credited Alora with bringing her mother to the hospital at just the right time
Alora (pictured) Patten and Fifer are now all healthy despite the life threatening ordeal the three experienced just two months ago
Meanwhile, Fifer was having trouble giving birth to her firstborn, Alora, who had become stuck in her birth canal after 36 hours of labor.
While her mother was just starting her recovery rooms away, Fifer was forced to undergo an emergency C-section, which doctors said was the second miracle that day.
Fifer credited Alora with saving her mother’s life.
‘It was just fate that my Mom was supposed to be here. It was ultimately because of Alora that my Mom is here and happened to be at the right place at the right time,’ she told WJZ. ‘She truly is a walking miracle.’
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, administrators at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center said the hospital deployed unusually aggressive resuscitation techniques, which they said had helped save Patten’s life.
‘Back in the day when we were running codes, we didn’t have that technology to assist our staff to say, “You’re not doing chest compressions deep enough,” and I know that’s one of the reasons you’re sitting here,’ Dr. JoAnn Ioannou, executive vice president of hospital operations told Patten, according to WBAL.
Doctors Dov Frankel (left) and David Vitberg said they were determined to bring Patten back
The hospital had recently earned the title as a Resuscitation Quality Improvement Lighthouse Organization for its CPR training techniques.
Vitberg said the dual miracles had helped raise morale at the center after more than a year of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
‘It gave us all a very much-needed reset. It hit the reset button. We needed you to come visit your daughter. We needed your story. We needed you to come visit us today because we needed to be lifted up,’ he said.
‘I don’t say you’re welcome, I say thank you,’ Frankel told Patten. ‘You taught us what it means to live. You taught us what it means not to give up.’
After the ordeal, Patten says she is going to make the most of her time with her new granddaughter, who is healthy.
‘I’m grateful that I have a second chance at life and I promise you this — I’m going to be the best person I can be. Thank you so much,’ she said.