Vietnam doctors save woman, baby nearly killed in delivery complication

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Doctors in the central province of Khanh Hoa have managed to save a woman and her newborn baby who were in serious condition following a rare complication during labor.

The Khanh Hoa Province General Hospital’s doctors told Thanh Nien Wednesday that Le Thi Hoa, 37, was admitted to the Cam Ranh General Hospital on the 7th for delivery.

She was in the 41st week of her pregnancy.

On February 11 her amniotic sac broke, signaling the start of delivery.

But her body soon turned purple, and she stopped breathing, and doctors could not detect her pulse or the fetus’s heart beat.

Some pink fluid came out of her mouth.

Cam Ranh doctors diagnosed her as having amniotic fluid embolism, and began resuscitation efforts.

When Hoa began to breathe again and doctors could measure the baby's heart beat, she was transferred to the Khanh Hoa hospital.

A C-section was then performed, saving both her and the baby, a girl weighing 3.2 kilograms.

Amniotic fluid embolism is a life-threatening complication that happens during labor or after birth, when the amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair or other debris enter the mother's blood stream.

Symptoms include cardiac arrest and rapid respiratory failure, but the causes remain unknown.

But it is rare, occurring once in every 20,464 deliveries.

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