BALTIMORE (WJZ-TV) — A Baltimore woman who suffered a heart attack that left her clinically dead for nearly an hour calls it a medical miracle after being resuscitated.
July 2 was no ordinary day on the golf course for Kathy Patten. She got the call, her daughter Stacey Fifer was in labor. But before meeting her newborn grandson, Patten had a heart attack. Minutes later, he was gone. No pulse, no pulse or oxygen.
Patten was considered clinically dead for 45 minutes and it all happened while her daughter was in trouble. Baby Alora was stuck in the birth canal. This caused Fifer to need an urgent cesarean section 39 hours after giving birth.
Meanwhile, intense CPR brought the first miracle just a few rooms away from him. “I am so grateful that God gave me a second chance. I’m going to be the best person I can be,” Patten says. “It’s scary, coming back is life’s second chance.”
And then the second: a successful delivery.
“It was just fate that my mom was here. It was ultimately thanks to Alora that she was here and in the right place at the right time,” says Fifer. “She really is a walking miracle.”
Doctors, too, were stunned and humbled by this experience.
One of Patten’s doctors at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Dr. “I’m not saying welcome, thank you,” says Dov Frankel. “You taught us what it means to live. You taught us what it means not to give up.”
Whether it’s modern medicine or a higher power, something is driving this family to a higher place.
Both mother and baby are happy and healthy. This is Kathy’s 8th grandchild.