12-year-olds heart stops for an hour :: Adventist News Network

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Feb 02, 2019  |  Silver Spring, Maryland, United States  | 

Twelve-year-old Naomi Felicia Maftei was running late to church school in Constanta, Romania.

Knowing that she had already missed morning worship, she rushed straight to her classroom. The teacher stopped her at the door.

“You have to go to worship,” she said.

Naomi turned around and raced to the worship hall. She could feel her heart pounding as she ran. She didn’t even think about stopping to rest. She was terribly late for worship.

At the worship hall, she stopped to look for a place to sit. At that moment, her vision became blurry. Then everything went black. A classmate caught Naomi as she slumped to the floor. Someone called the school nurse.

The next thing Naomi knew, she was lying on a bed at the nurse’s station. The nurse had been performing CPR on her.

Naomi stood up and tried to leave.

“You need to lay back down and wait for the ambulance to arrive,” the nurse said.

The nurse had called 112, the Romanian emergency hotline, while Naomi was unconscious.

Naomi lay back down, and her heart stopped.

From that point, Naomi only knows what her parents told her later.

The ambulance arrived, and two paramedics tried to restart Naomi’s heart. Eight times they gave her shocks with a defibrillator. Her heart remained still. The paramedics took turns giving CPR.

Ten minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes passed. The paramedics were exhausted. But after an hour of CPR, Naomi’s heart began to beat feebly. The heartbeat was enough for the paramedics to carry her to the ambulance and whisk her off to the hospital.

At the hospital, medical doctors inserted tubes into the girl and supplied medicine to strengthen her heart.

After a few minutes, Naomi regained consciousness and groggily tried to remove the tubes. A nurse gave her a sedative to put her into an induced coma.

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