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Christmas miracle: mother, baby revived after dying during birth

Incredible, but true:

In what is being hailed as a Christmas “miracle,” a young mother died during labor with a still-born baby on Christmas Eve but both mom and baby came back to life just minutes later, before the eyes of the nearly heartbroken, stunned father.

“Half of my family was lying there right in front of me — there’s no other way to say it — dead,” Mike Hermanstorfer told ABC News’ Colorado affiliate KRDO. “I lost all feeling. Once her heartbeat stopped, I felt like mine did too.”

Hermanstorfer’s wife, Tracey, had suffered cardiac arrest while she was in labor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Spring.”They were getting ready to put a catheter in and I closed my eyes and don’t remember anything after that,” Tracey said.


She had no pulse, no heartbeat, was not breathing and was turning “gray,” Dr. Stephanie Martin, director of maternal fetal medicine at Colorado’s Memorial Hospital, told CBS News’ Colorado affiliate KKTV. “She was dead.”

“I sat there with my wife’s hand in mine, ice cold,” Mike told KKTV.

After trying to revive Tracey for several minutes to no avail, doctors ordered an emergency C-section with no anesthesia in an attempt to save the baby. The baby was delivered, but it too was not breathing.

But then Mike and the doctors were astounded when Tracey’s pulse returned, just after birth. Doctors quickly wheeled Tracey into surgery to complete the C-section. Then, while the mom was being operated on, other doctors worked to get the baby breathing again as its father held him.


“They actually got him started right in my hands,” Mike said. “That is an amazing feeling.”

There’s much more at the link, including video.

The Associated Press has more, including this poignant quote from the father:

“We are both believers . . . but this right here, even a nonbeliever — you explain to me how this happened,” he said. “There is no other explanation.”

The CBS News report on the story is below:

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posted December 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

This is the most inspiring story of the miracle of Gods love that I have ever heard. Every time I watch the video I cry. I praise God for showing the world this miracle and I am in high hopes that the rest of the world can see that this is Gods way of getting our attention to put him first in our lives.
I pray for a miracle with this economy and my business, but it seams so much less compared to what He has done for this precious mother and her family.
I hope that all who read this accept Christ into your hearts as your saviour. He can and does help those who believe in him!

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posted December 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I think God has a purpose for everything and he does! I share in these family’s joy. What a great gift for them.

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posted December 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

We are looking for life-changing moments for our Anthology and ongoing book series of real stories, now in book stores and on-line – “THIN THREADS – Real Stories of Life Changing Moments.” Could we have reprint rights to this beautiful story! Please contact us!?

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