Tuesday 16 January 2018

Special day for mum who 'died' during heart attack

Stephen Dunne

MEET the miracle mum who nearly didn't make it to her baby daughter's christening after being technically dead for several minutes following a heart attack.

Doctors have told Trish Carthy, who christened baby Shannon on Saturday, that she survived million-to-one odds to pull through following her terrifying ordeal.

The fit and healthy 30-year-old suddenly began feeling ill one afternoon at home in mid-July and went to her local doctor in Tinahely, Co Wickow.

At reception, Ms Carthy, who had given birth just three weeks previously, collapsed after suffering a massive heart attack caused by a blood clot in one of her main arteries.

Her partner Carl had driven her to the surgery, but remained outside in his car feeding the baby without realising a serious emergency was unfolding inside.

"I didn't know anything about it until the ambulance came screaming into the car park and I immediately knew it was Trish," he said.

"It was very hard when I ran up to the door and saw Trish lying on the ground with everyone working on her. I got an awful fright."


Within minutes, first responders were on the scene with defibrillators and, eventually, after an amazing 11 360-volt shocks, Ms Carthy's heart was beating again.

"As she was being brought out to the ambulance the doctor turned to me and said the chances that she was going to survive were very slim," Carl said.

Ms Carthy was rushed to Naas General Hospital and then on to Tallaght, where she underwent surgery to remove the clot. She remained in intensive care for three days.

"I don't remember anything about the day, nor do I remember the day beforehand," Ms Carthy said.

"My memory has totally gone. It happened on a Monday and it was only by the Friday when I woke up in hospital that I really realised what had happened.

"It happened just three weeks after I had my baby and every time I woke up I thought I was back in Wexford General Hospital and kept asking for Shannon, I was so confused.

"I appreciate the little things a lot more now," she said.

Irish Independent

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