Christmas Miracle Mom and Baby Die Then Revive
December 30, 2009 by USA Post
Christmas Miracle Mom and Baby Die Then Revive:Apologies if you’ve had enough of those “Christmas miracle” stories that seem so abundant this time of year, but if the Christmas at its heart is about a mother and a child born in dramatic fashion, then the true tale we’re about to share could really qualify as a certified — you guessed it — miracle.
This story begins at 5 a.m. Christmas Eve in the Colorado Springs home of Mike Hermanstorfer and his pregnant wife, Tracy. Although Tracy wasn’t due for several weeks, her water broke and they knew that time was drawing near. They rushed to the hospital and while in labor the unthinkable happened: Tracy went into cardiac arrest.
For several heart-wrenching minutes hospital staff tried to revive Tracy to no avail, so doctors ordered an emergency C-section — without anesthesia — to get the baby out. But alas, he wasn’t breathing either when he was pulled out of his mom’s belly.
“Half of my family was lying right there in front of me — there’s no other way to say it — dead,” Mike Hermanstorfer reportedly told KRDO, according to Good Morning America.
But things started to change right after his son’s birth. For reasons unknown, Tracy’s pulse returned shortly after the birth. Doctors then wheeled her into surgery to complete the C-section. Soon after, while Mike held his lifeless son, he too began breathing again — much to his father’s shock and delight.
“They actually got him started right in my hands,” said Mike. “That is an amazing feeling.”
Mom and baby are doing so well they left the hospital on Monday to join Mike and their two older kids at home.
Doctors still don’t know what caused Tracy’s mysterious cardiac arrest, but Mike has his own theory.
“There’s only one explanation for having either one of them, let along both of them,” Mike told reporters. “It’s just an absolute miracle.”
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