Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mum and Baby Lucky to Survive

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mum and Baby Lucky to Survive

Article excerpt

JOANNE Bennett Tronc and her daughter Adaline almost lost their lives on the operating table six months ago.

Recalling that day, Ms Bennett Tronc's eyes filled with tears as she considered how differently things could have gone - how lucky they both are to be alive.

Ms Bennett Tronc had come into Mackay Base Hospital to have a caesarean section birth, but as soon as her daughter was delivered she went into cardiac arrest and momentarily died in the theatre.

The arrest was caused by an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), a rare childbirth emergency in which amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair or other debris enter the mother's bloodstream and triggers an allergic-like reaction.

It caused Ms Bennett Tronc's heart and lungs to stop working and left her fighting for her life in the hands of her doctors. After four minutes of CPR the staff were able to revive her and save her new daughter.

Mackay Base Hospital surgeon Dr Rita Ranu said Ms Bennett Tronc was "one of the lucky ones" with most cases of AFE proving fatal - more than 70% in fact. …

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