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#1 Hum

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 23:24

A woman on the verge of death after her heart stopped for 45 minutes stunned doctors when she woke up three days later - and made a full recovery.

Carol Brothers, 63, suffered a massive heart attack while shopping and was kept alive by CPR administered by her daughter Maxine Dickinson, 43.

She was rushed to hospital where doctors later gave her 24 hours to live and advised her family to say their final goodbyes.

Her medication was withdrawn so she could pass away peacefully - but the mother-of-three suddenly woke up three days later while having her face washed by a nurse.

She made a remarkable recovery and was discharged from hospital three weeks later.

Mrs Dickinson, of Potterne, Wiltshire, has now described how the family were devastated when they were told that her mother would die.

She said: ‘We were told she had minimal brain activity and the kindest thing to do would be to withdraw medications and let her slip away.

‘Everyone was beside themselves, we were just so distraught.

‘We all said goodbye to her and just sat by the phone waiting for the call to say she had gone. But we waited three days and it never came so I went down to visit her.

‘When I got there a doctor said to me “I don't know how to tell you this, but your mum is not going to die. We have got to reverse the decision.”

‘I just broke down in tears. I couldn't believe it. It was absolutely fantastic news.

‘Apparently a nurse had been washing her face and doing her daily checks when mum just opened her eyes and began tracking her around the room.

‘I went to see mum a few days later and she whispered three words to me, “I'm coming home”. :happy:

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 23:34

Amazing story. Happy for them. :D

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 23:45

This is why I don't want to be either burned or buried for at least a week when I 'die'.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:34

Her medication was withdrawn ...


This is what saved her. ;)

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:40

^^ Probably yea, sometimes the organs, ie. heart need time off to recover then they will work fine again, unfortunately when they heart does this, the rest of the body need something else to keep it alive

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:46

Never take your doctors word I guess :s

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:52

This is what saved her. ;)


Next time you are sick, don't go to the doctor.


This is why I don't want to be either burned or buried for at least a week when I 'die'.



She didn't die and then come back to life. Life support was turned off and she was expected to die, but didn't.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:01

Next time you are sick, don't go to the doctor.


I never do, the last time I went to the doctors was actually for a life and death situation, and the help they gave me was something I could have done myself, and did.

Not saying they are useless, but if you have a decent brain in your head you can generally survive on your own.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:15

^ I avoid doctors like the plague -- they only know 2 things: drugs and surgery. :laugh:

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:28

^ I avoid doctors like the plague -- they only know 2 things: drugs and surgery. :laugh:


Life expectancy has more than doubled in the last ~200 years. Modern medicine must be doing something right.

Most doctors plead with their patients to do more exercise, quit smoking, stop drinking too much, eat healthier. A lot of medicine is preventative, not curative. If people are too dumb to listen it isn't the doctors' fault.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:52

Our bodies are just amazing and can still do things that confound doctors.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:02

Our bodies are just amazing and can still do things that confound doctors.


Agreed, I'm still here

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:07

Life expectancy has more than doubled in the last ~200 years. Modern medicine must be doing something right.

Most doctors plead with their patients to do more exercise, quit smoking, stop drinking too much, eat healthier. A lot of medicine is preventative, not curative. If people are too dumb to listen it isn't the doctors' fault.


But what if your doctor is fat and doesn't exercise?!!!! Kris cross! :p it's 2am here. And I can't sleep :(

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:10

But what if your doctor is fat and doesn't exercise?!!!! Kris cross! :p it's 2am here. And I can't sleep :(


Quite a few are, Its easier to give advice than to take your own

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 04:12

^ I avoid doctors like the plague -- they only know 2 things: drugs and surgery. :laugh:


Same here, Hum. If I go to the doctor it's a matter of life and death and not a second before.