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New mom reunites with medical staff who saved her life in days after baby’s birth

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 11:11:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A healthy first-time mother almost died two days after giving birth, but thanks to the medical teams at Intermountain Medical Center she is alive and well.

Arlee Gregerson gave birth to her daughter Lucy by way of cesarean section November 8. She was healthy and recuperating on November 10, until a pulmonary embolism sent her into cardiac arrest.

Thursday, Arlee and her husband Ryan told FOX 13 about the amazing response that kept her alive when her heart couldn't beat on its own for a full hour.

"Even now, I can't think about it without like, that kind of stuff only happens in movies with an outcome like that," Arlee Gregerson said.

Doctor Don Van Boerum, an Intensive Care Director over shock trauma, spoke about Arlee's incredible recovery.

"There's not a whole lot of people that get CPR for about an hour and wake up and do well, so, it truly was a miracle," he said.

Ryan Gregerson said watching the medical team work to save his wife was like watching artists perform.

"It was like a symphony," Ryan Gregerson said. "...And everybody played their role, and they played it perfectly. And it was the sweetest most beautiful symphony I could imagine because of how wonderful they did to figure out what was going on and to save my sweet wife."

See the video above for more from the interviews with the medical team and the Gregersons.