21-Year-Old Woman ‘Dies’ 36 Times a Year Due to Rare Heart Condition

Ms Brautigam said that she has contacted other people with the same condition, but none of those people's hearts have stopped.
Ms Brautigam said that she has contacted other people with the same condition, but none of those people’s hearts have stopped.

This incredible video shows the moment a young woman with a rare heart condition becomes clinically dead for a minute before being pulled back to consciousness by medical staff.

Sara Brautigam has regular brushes with death and in one year was pronounced clinically dead 36 times.

The 21-year-old was four years ago diagnosed with Postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), a condition which makes her heart stop beating.

She experiences rapid palpitations that regularly cause her heart to stop beating and her blood pressure to plummet to what doctors record as clinically dead.

The alarming video was shot three years ago with the consent of Ms Brautigam who has agreed for it to be released to highlight her condition.

She said: ‘In reality this was quite a mild attack. As you can see my heart rate is very up. Then you see me go limp and the doctors and nurses all crowd round.

‘They can’t give me CPR because CPR tires the heart out for no reason so it is pointless. When the heart fills up with blood again is when it begins beating again.

‘The blood tends to pool in my legs and the doors need to help feed it back to the heart.’

Ms Brautigam said it is about four minutes into the video, when they start giving her oxygen and applying canulas, that she clinically dies.

‘I can’t have oxygen because it prolongs the attack. In the video here it is before I was properly diagnosed so the doctors have panicked which is why you see them giving me oxygen.

‘In fact it is just a case of leaving me there and praying. The only thing they can do is put me on a drip,’ she added.

The video was shot by medics assessing her at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, South Yorkshire on June 27, 2012.

Ms Brautigam, from Doncaster, said each time her heart stops medics have to inflict pain on her to shock her into coming back to life.

She said: ‘When it happens paramedics try and do anything to inflict pain to try and shock me into coming back to life.

‘A lot of the time I’ll wake up with big bruises. On one occasion they ripped an acrylic nail off but that still didn’t make me flinch.’

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SOURCE: DailyMail
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