One-in-a-million smile for Matthew, a 'gift from God'
Published 28/04/2010 | 05:00
A PREGNANT woman who made a full recovery despite being clinically dead for 30 minutes has given birth to a healthy baby boy.
Miracle mother Catherine Curran (40), of Malahide, Co Dublin, gave birth to a strapping 5lbs, 11oz boy on April 19 after being in labour for just two-and-a-half hours. The mother-of-three went without oxygen for 30 minutes and was given the last rites after suffering cardiac arrest due to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in the early stages of her pregnancy last September .
But the baby is perfectly healthy. "We named him Matthew -- which means a 'gift from God' -- because we thought it was very appropriate," Mrs Curran said last night.
UCD's Dr Gerry Bury said Mrs Curran's remarkable recovery and the healthy birth of her baby were "astonishingly rare". "You wouldn't be wrong calling it one in a million," he said.