Posted: Sep 7, 2011 10:38 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Sep 7, 2011 10:44 PM
You often hear of medical mysteries and miracles. But even a team of doctors at Lafayette General Medical Center can't explain how a Crowley woman came back to life from the brink of death.
27-year-old Linda Mouton shouldn't be sitting in her sister's living room, holding her newborn baby girl. The day she got home from the hospital after giving birth Linda collapsed. That was on August 20, 2011.
"She said she felt dizzy and then after that she took her last breath, and her heart stopped and you could say she dropped dead," said her sister Yola Handy.
A friend performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took Linda to a Crowley hospital. But her condition was too serious and she was then transported by helicopter to Lafayette.
When Linda arrived at Lafayette General's Emergency Room the situation was grim. Her heart had already been shocked over a dozen times, she was extremely unstable and barely alive.
Doctors spent 18 hours trying everything to revive her, and said they estimate her heart was shocked over 60 times.
"We were going to continue fighting although we told the family we think her chances of surviving are pretty close to zero," said Dr. Gary Guidry, M.D..
At that point, Linda's family decided to take her off life support and allow nurses to give her morphine so she could pass away in peace. But as they were saying their final goodbyes, something unexplainable happened.
"I was saying, "I can't let you go I can't let you go" and then I looked at her and she was moving around and she was breathing. And I told her, I said she's alive," said her mother, Linda Mouton, Sr.
At first the doctors and nurses didn't believe it, saying her movement and breathing was just part of the medicine she was given.
"But when I walked in the room and called her name and her eyes focused on me like I'm focused on you I had chills. That's when I knew there was brain activity," said Dr. Guidry.
Dr. Guidry said in his 21 years at Lafayette General, he's never seen a recovery like Linda's, and neither had the other ER or cardiologist doctors working on Linda's case.
"Not somebody to be that sick, have that much CPR, that much medicine, that many shocks and to survive, I mean it really is miraculous," said Dr. Guidry.
As for Linda, she suffers from some short term memory loss, she doesn't remember anything from at least a month ago, not even giving birth. She also has a defibrillator surgically implanted in her chest. But it's all a small price to pay for a second chance at life.
"I"m glad to be home with my children and my family, I thank the the good Lord that I'm here," said Linda.
While her recovery is still a mystery, doctors believe her heart stopped that day due to an irritable heart muscle, a condition that can develop in pregnant women. Dr. Guidry said that weak muscle, combined with low potassium levels, is probably what caused her heart to fibrillate, or stop beating.