There’s possibly nothing more worrying for new parents than when they have their baby, and they just hope that they are well and healthy. However, what’s less thought about, is the health of the mother, probably due to it being generally more stable.
However, the mother’s health is always at a fair bit of risk, and Holli Cheung didn’t have such a smooth ride. Soon after giving birth to her relatively new-born, she contracted the myocarditis virus, which is very rare. This caused her to go through cardiac arrest, for which CPR was given for 45 minutes by nurses to try and save her. However, it didn’t fully get the heart going, and so Holli was left on a ventilator to help her lungs work and for her heart to beat.
Options were considered, including the possibility of a heart transplant, but it was when Holli’s husband left their three month old baby alone by his mother that something really happened. Suddenly, and surprisingly, her heart beat once again.
I don’t know whether it was a miracle, but some of the nurses certainly thought it was.
There was no apparent reason for the sudden change in the condition of the heart, however Holli is adamant that it was to do with her son being beside her.
Holli first thought something was up on New Year’s Day, when she’d fainted at her home. Whilst her doctor quickly dismissed this, it was only a matter of hours before she had to be taken into hospital, and then shortly after, put on the transplant list.
Out of pure luck, Jordan, her son, was brought to his mother, which made the miracle happen.
I have no idea what happened that night when Jordan slept beside me. All I know is that when the doctors and consultants came round on their ward rounds the next day, they were astonished to see my heart beating.