George Cormack, a 33-year-old British mother suffered four heart attacks and a stroke while giving birth to twins, EADT 24 reports. Now, after months of recovery, Cormack is finally enjoying time with her family.
Cormack's troubles were caused by an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) -- a condition in which fetal cells travel into a mother's bloodstream triggering an allergic reaction -- when she was giving birth to her two children in June, according to EADT 24. Doctors placed her in an induced coma shortly after diagnosing the condition.
The strokes affected the part of Cormack's brain that controls speech. But with the help of therapists, she has been able to make a full recovery.
First documented in 1926, AFE is one of the leading causes of death during labor, according to an article from Critical Care Nurse journal.
What's more, a 2011 article from Web MD indicates that incidences of mothers suffering strokes during pregnancy and childbirth has increased throughout the years.
There were 6,000 documented incidents between 2006 and 2007, compared with just 4,000 roughly 10 years earlier, according to the report. Researchers suggest the increase in strokes could be related to a higher rate of high blood pressure, obesity and other health factors.
Additionally, scientists have reported that pregnancy increases a woman's chance of having a heart attack, especially in patients 35 years or older, according to eMaxHealth.
Although the number of incidents remains low relative to the total number of worldwide births, researchers caution doctors to keep a close eye on pregnant women complaining about chest pains, particularly those who are having children later in life.
For more on Cormack's story, click over to EADT 24.