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A British woman was resurrected after suffering a six-hour cardiac arrest while hiking in Spain, doctors said on Thursday.

Doctors at Vall d 'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona said Audrey Mash, 34, was walking in the Catalan Pyrenees on November 3 when she and her husband were caught in a snowstorm, according to Reuters.

Then Mash stopped moving and became unconscious, The Guardian reported. Her husband called friends who helped a rescue team locate them, but the operation was delayed because of bad weather.

Mash had severe hypothermia and his body temperature had dropped to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Reuters. When she finally arrived at the hospital, she had no vital signs.

Woman survives 6-hour cardiac arrest, the longest to ever have been recorded in...

But the doctors hoped they could still save her.

"Although hypothermia was about to kill Audrey, it also saved her because her body – and most of all her brain – didn't get worse," Eduardo Argudo told The Guardian. "If she had been in cardiac arrest for so long with normal body temperature, we would be certifying her death."

The media said doctors were able to revive Mash with an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (Ecmo), which took over the functions of their heart and lungs. While connected to the machine, Mash was able to receive oxygen to the brain while doctors treated her.

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According to the BBC, doctors said the six-hour cardiac arrest was the longest has already been recorded in Spain.

Audrey Mash with hospital staff

Mash told reporters that he remembers nothing about the ordeal.

"I really didn't know what was happening on my first or two days I woke up in intensive care," Mash told a news conference on Thursday.

Mash is an English teacher who has lived in Barcelona for over two years, according to The Guardian. She told the media that she is looking forward to getting back to normal and even back to the hiking trail.

"I don't think we'll be on any high mountains this winter," Mash said. "But I hope that next spring or summer we can go back and take long walks and feel confident about it."

Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.

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