Three weeks after clinical death, elderly swimmer recovers

Three weeks after clinic

November 8, 2009 17:04

A 71-year-old woman who went into clinical death after nearly drowning off an Ashdod beach three weeks ago has fully recovered, thanks to intensive treatment at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Her doctors called it a "medical miracle" that she regained conscoiiusness and showed dramatic improvement. The fact that she received 40 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the beach and that her body temperature from the cold water slowed her heartbeat helped her survive. Dr. Steven Melnick, head of the hospital's internal medicine C department, said hospital staffers "never give up" on such patients.

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