The 36 year old new mother had suffered two cardiac arrests, struck down by a virus that attacked her heart muscles. Medics believed her only chance of survival was a transplant.
After fainting several times at home, she had been rushd to hospital, where a consultant diagnosed her with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a virus.
Shortly afterward, the fit gym fanatic had her first cardiac arrest as the infection sparked heart failure. Staff used a defibrillator 45 times to get the organ beating again. Once transferred to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for specialist care, the sick mum had another arrest, and endured 45 minutes of CPR. When she was stabilized, a biventricular assist device kept the blood pumping through her weakened heart.
But the machine can only be used for around two weeks before complications set in. And after 10 days she was showing no sign of improvement so medics put her on the transplant waiting list.
Her husband took his miserable baby to visit her because he needed cheering up. The medical team were stunned when they saw her incredible recovery after the baby's two-hour visit.
She knew the baby had saved her life. After eight weeks, she was discharged although still needs physiotherapy to rebuild her strength and a full recovery could take up to a year.
But she has signed up for the 5k Color Run charity race to help raise funds for “incredible” team that saved her and giving thanks for the miracle of love between mother and baby. Source: The Mirror.
In a personal anecdote, love saved me after I arrived all alone in London from Australia. I got a job straight away and traveled around the world with my employers while I cared for their baby. But, inside I felt numb. My empty, shattered, betrayed heart seemed to be dying.
The first time I met a London man, I sighed, wondering if I'd ever meet someone I could care for. However, while we talked at a restaurant, sincerity shone from his eyes. In a blinding flash, his pupils seemed to open and draw me deep into his inner being. From that moment, I loved him. He saved me from an empty life.
Do you have a story about the strength of love?