Jo Bennett Tronc, a 37-year-old Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn wOᴍᴀɴ, was overjoyed to give birth to Adaline, her second child. But only a few minutes later, her heart stopped, and she ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ in four dreadful minutes.
After Adaline was delivered, I don’t know what exactly happened, but when my husband Mitchell informed me I was ᴅᴇᴀᴅ, my heart stopped, my tongue fell out, and my eyes rolled back, according to Tronc. People hurried into rooms all throughout the place as soon as the alarm went off.
As they stitched up the postpartum incision, the physicians gave me CPR. They searched for ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ but couldn’t locate any since they had to wait and look for ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ because my heart was stopping. One of the anesthesiologists indicated that someone was prepared to end the procedure and pronounce me ᴅᴇᴀᴅ, but another said let’s continue. And it took my heart four minutes to start beating once more.
Tronc developed this ɪʟʟɴᴇss as a result of an amniotic fluid embolism, in which amniotic fluid enters the ʙʟᴏᴏᴅstream and ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇs the heart, and as a result of the 22 ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ and ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ product units she got at the time.
When reflecting on what transpired, Ms. Tronc recalled: “I was astonished since I had never heard of AFE.” One rare problem of pregnancy that almost always resolves itself is bleeding, according to the pregnancy literature I’ve read, which only mentions positive things.
Tronc needed three months to fully recover physically. She also struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and short-term memory ʟᴏss on a mental level.
Despite going through the most ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ and challenging times, she claimed, having Adaline by her side brought her enormous comfort and happiness. A special thanks goes out to the medical personnel that assisted that day and allowed me to be with my small family unit today.