A mare whose heart stopped after a tooth-extraction surgery was revived by clinicians who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by driving their knees into her chest. A third colleague sat on the mare's chest and bounced up and down in an effort to get her heart to restart.
Reported in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the mare stopped breathing when she went to the recovery stall. She had no pulse and her mucus membranes were grey. Confirming that her heart had stopped, CPR began. She was also given a shot of adrenaline as well as positive lung ventilation intermittently.
The three hospital workers rotated their efforts every two minutes. After five minutes, a pulse was detected that was not related to the external massage efforts. Five minutes later, she began breathing on her own. Though CPR in horses is not generally successful, the mare went on to fully recover.
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