In Spain, Doctors have brought in a woman after more than six hours without own heartbeat back to life. The 34-year-old Briton had suffered at the beginning of November when walking silently in the Spanish Pyrenees, a heart, shared with the University hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona . The woman could be rescued, because a strong cooling of the destructive processes in its brain had been delayed.

In the case of a cardiac arrest, it comes to about 15 to 20 seconds to unconsciousness, as the oxygen is depleted in the brain quickly. Within a few minutes, irreversible damage and eventually brain death threaten at normal temperatures.

“A man with no cycle of immediate and very strong cooling can delay the brain death up to 45 minutes, in individual cases even a little longer,” said Bernd Böttiger, Director of the clinic for anesthesiology and Operative intensive care medicine, University hospital of Cologne. By then, a heart-lung resuscitation was necessary.

Here, the circulation is kept up and Running, even if the heart is beating by itself. In this state, cooled, and resuscitation, could be used to hold people in theory more than six hours of life, said Böttiger, who is also Chairman of the German Council for revival.


Check, call, press: the work of revival

For a revival, there are three simple rules: check, call, and press. Breaks a Person unconscious together, check first, by Shaking of the shoulders, whether they are still responsive, and watched as she breathes. Second you have to call the rescue service on telephone number 112. Until the Arrival of the emergency doctor, thirdly, if neither a response nor breathing are available immediately with resuscitation should be started. This is on the chest of the patient, ideally with a speed of 100 Times per Minute, about five inches deep down. Thus, you should not stop until professional help arrives.


No signs of life upon Arrival in the clinic

The now convalescent woman had shown no signs of life, as she arrived at the clinic, was quoted by the attending physician Eduard Argudo. “But we knew that they had to survive in the context of a hypothermia of opportunities.” This strong under-cooling for a while and by the cardiac arrest, the death of the British woman almost caused, protected but at the same time your body and your brain from permanent damage.

The Briton had started on their hike, “to speak in strange and incoherent,” it said, according to her husband. Shortly thereafter, she had become unconscious, as a reason, the extreme is cold. A helicopter had arrived due to the weather conditions, only after more than two hours at the Couple. The body temperature of the British had fallen up to this point to 18 degrees.

The patient was then transferred to the nearby municipality of Campdevànol and from there to about 90 kilometres away, University hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona flown. During the entire time the Doctors had resuscitated the 34-Year-old. To 21.46 PM, after more than six hours without a heartbeat, and have reached your body back to a temperature of 30 degrees.

Overall, the British have spent for observation for 12 days in the hospital. Now she had recovered almost completely, reported BBC. In the spring, she wanted to take the hike again.