04/01/2010 04:36 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

"Christmas Miracle" As Mum And Baby Die, Then Come Back To Life

A woman died during childbirth on Christmas Eve and her baby was born lifeless - but then both were revived.

It's been dubbed a Christmas miracle after the amazing recovery of the pair in Colorado Springs, USA.

Tracy Hermanstorfer stopped breathing while she was giving birth and after minutes passed with no sign of life doctors decided to deliver her baby by Caesarean section.

But the baby was lifeless too and it was thought mother and baby were both dead.

However as medical staff managed to revive the baby boy, his mother incredibly started breathing again.

Doctors say she had no heartbeat for about four minutes.

Tracy and her husband Mike say the "hand of God" was at work.

You can see the couple tell their amazing story here.

"We are both believers... but this right here, even a nonbeliever – you explain to me how this happened," Mr Hermanstorfer, 37, said. "There is no other explanation."

He described the moment when he thought his wife had died.

"I was holding her hand when we realised she was gone," Mr Hermanstorfer said. "My entire life just rolled out."

Dr Stephanie Martin, a specialist in maternal-foetal medicine at Memorial Hospital, said: "She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing."

Doctors then carried out the emergency Caesarean section to deliver their son, who has been named Coltyn.

The baby boy was revived in Mr Hermanstorfer's arms and soon began to breathe.

"His life began in my hands," the father said. "That's a feeling like none other. Life actually began in the palm of my hands."

No real explanation has been given for why Mrs Hermanstorfer's heart stopped and then started again.

Dr Martin said it was possible that delivering the child could have restarted the heart by increasing the blood flow to the rest of her body, but it was not really clear.

"I don't have a great explanation," she said. "From my personal perspective, I will take help wherever I can get it."

The mother and baby were allowed home on Monday, apparently in good health.

What do you think? Is this a miracle?

Source: The Times