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12/29/2009

A Miracle in Denver (Updated)

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 8:08 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

… and it involved the birth of a baby on Christmas Eve:

“Mike Hermanstorfer was clutching his pregnant wife’s hand when her life slipped away in a Colorado hospital on Christmas Eve, and then he cradled his newborn son’s limp body seconds after a medical team delivered the baby by Cesarean section.

Minutes later he saw his son come to life in his arms under the feverish attention of doctors, and soon he learned his wife had inexplicably come back to life.

“My legs went out from underneath me,” Hermanstorfer said Tuesday. “I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me.”

A Christmas to remember.

— DRJ

UPDATE: Video here.

13 Responses to “A Miracle in Denver (Updated)”

  1. Wonderful News!
    A welcome break from the drek that permeates our times.
    Thanks, DRJ.

    AD - RtR/OS! (bc0d93)

  2. Comment by AD – RtR/OS! — 12/29/2009 @ 8:46 pm

    Yep yep. A spirit-lifting awesome story. Thanks for posting.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  3. damn…..

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  4. I cried.

    Gina (ba836e)

  5. Amen

    EricPWJohnson (9b7688)

  6. Yikes! How is this a miraculous and uplifting story??? It’s a tragedy that this young woman died giving birth. I’d praise modern science and medicine for all it’s gains in saving the lives of so many mothers and babies once lost during childbirth, but on this holiday that wasn’t the case. Here we have a woman’s life lost and a child left without a mother and with the haunting knowledge that their birth was the likely cause.

    Lance Powers (c3fcad)

  7. Lance,

    Did something change? I thought the Mom had lived.

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  8. Obviously, Lance is an alien plant from the planet Nebular. Thanks for the story!

    Dmac (a964d5)

  9. This is really a remarkable story. Wow.

    JD (870a39)

  10. Lance needs to read more than headlines. There has to be more to the story but I don’t know if we will ever get it. One reason why patients going to surgery are given atropine is to prevent cardiac arrest from extreme vagal reactions, sort of like fainting at the sight of blood. Maybe this was an extreme example.

    She may have some sort of congenital heart problem.

    A surgeon friend of mine’s wife had a cardiac arrest carrying groceries into the house. Her teenaged daughter did CPR and called 911. The mother recovered although she was in full arrest when the medics got there.

    Instapundit’s wife, Dr Helen, has an implanted defibrillator after some major arrhythmia.

    Stuff happens

    Mike K (2cf494)

  11. I wrote an article about the dangers in link-surfing. Apparently Lance read it and took it on face value.

    I hadn’t left a comment here because all I could do was to parrot Mr Hermanstorfer’s statements (gotta link-surf for the statements I’m talking about). But a parroting of his statements is a good thing in this case.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  12. I have a video link. It moves on to another story after the link is done, but you get to see all three alive and well, and two of them talking.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  13. I’ve updated the post to add John Hitchcock’s video link. He’s right — it’s even more impressive once you see them alive and well and compare that to her doctor describing her as “dead” and “as gray as her sweatsuit.” Thanks, John.

    DRJ (84a0c3)


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