The General Hospital in the southern province of Dong Nai on November 29 announced that for the very first time doctors had succeeded in saving a 33-year-old pregnant woman named Do Thi Dieu Huyen from Bien Hoa Town from amniotic fluid embolism.
Dr. Phan Huy Anh Vu, Director of the General Hospital, said on November 16 Do Thi Dieu Huyen was brought to the hospital as her delivery date was approaching. Doctors diagnosed her health condition as stable for a normal delivery.
However, two hours later, Huyen suddenly suffered breathing failure, fits of convulsions and turned blue. Doctors were also unable to measure her pulse and blood pressure.
Huyen was rushed to the operation room in an attempt to take out the baby as the doctors believed the mother was suffering from amniotic fluid embolism. At that time, Huyen had stopped breathing and her heart was not beating. Doctors saved the baby by cutting off her womb.
After the operation, Huyen had postpartum hemorrhage and fell into a coma.
After two weeks, Huyen’s condition improved and she recovered. Her baby had been taken care of at the Children Hospital 2 meanwhile and already discharged from hospital.
Dr. Phan Huy Anh Vu said amniotic fluid embolism is a dangerous obstetrical complication with high mortality rate of 90 percent. This is the first successful case of amniotic fluid embolism in the hospital.