Spain hospital saves British woman after 6-hour heart stop

A 34-year-old British woman undergoing a six-hour cardiac arrest was rescued by helicopter and was revived in the hospital. (Supplied)

A 34-year-old British woman has been revived by Spanish doctors after enduring a six-hour cardiac arrest.

Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron hospital said on Thursday that Audrey Marsh got caught in a snowstorm in the Spanish Pyrenees on November 3 and suffered severe hypothermia before entering cardio-respiratory arrest.

Six hours later, after being rescued by helicopter, she was revived in the hospital.

Hospital doctor Eduard Argudo said Marsh arrived with a body temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) - the normal temperature is 37C.

However, he said the sharp fall may have saved her as the cold preserved her organs.

The hospital said in a statement that Marsh, a resident of Barcelona, still hasn’t fully recovered feeling in her hands but will be able to return to work in coming days.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01
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