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50-Year-Old Brought to Life after Her Heart Stopped for 20 Minutes at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute

  • 50 year-old Saraswati Devi had 90 per cent blockade in her heart and was diabetic.
  • Just before her heart bypass surgery commenced at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Devi had a cardiac arrest on the operation table itself. 
  • Her stopped beating for the next 20 minutes and her blood pressure dropped to zero.
  • Without wasting a second, the doctors gave her heart massage for the next 20 minutes so that the heart does not stop pumping blood. 
  • According to Dr. S.N Khanna, even stopping for second showed a straight line in the heart monitor.
  • In such a condition, the doctors were left with two choices: to go ahead with the surgery and inform her family or to perform the CABG on a still heart. 
  • But the doctors went ahead with the second option. After the cardiac massage, they prepared for the surgery.
  • It took an extra 10 mins to then clean, intubate and open her rib cage to reach the heart.
  • Devi had no blood supply to her brain for as long as 10 minutes which could have led to severe irreversible damage.
  • It was only after she came to consciousness that the doctors realized that the surgery was successful.   

Source: Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Media Update 



Author Name
Bipasha Mitra

Published Date
: 22-Sep-2017

Bipasha Mitra 

After completing her Bachelors Degree in English and PG Diploma in Journalism, Bipasha started her career in writing. With an eye for detail and a creative bent of mind, she emphatically crafts patient's stories, and pens blogs and articles understanding what the readers want to know and should know for their medical treatment.

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