A man who was declared dead in Ohio, comes back to life 45 minutes later, to the shock of attending doctors and family.
Tony Yahle, 37, of West Carrollton, Ohio, died August 5 of mysterious causes and no one was more surprised than the cardiologist who was attending to him that day.
"In the last 20 years, I've never seen anybody we have pronounced dead... and then for him to come back... I've never seen it," cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir of Kettering Medical Center told WHIOTV.com.
Yahle's wife, Melissa, reported that she woke up in the early hours of August 5 and noticed that her husband's breathing didn't sound normal.
When she tried to wake him up and wouldn't respond, she called 911 and he was rushed to Kettering Medical Center by ambulance.
At the hospital, while doctors were trying to revive the Ohio man, his heart stopped, for 45 minutes. The cardiac monitor to which he was attached had a flat line. He was dead. Or so everyone feared.
After the attempts to revive Yahle failed, the doctors in the emergency room declared him dead. His 17-year-old son Lawrence, rushed to his father's bedside and pleaded with him, "Dad, you're not going to die today." according to ABC.
The doctors then noticed that the man's heart had started beating again, very weakly, once or twice per minute. At that time the family was getting ready to view the dead man's body.
Dr. Nazir said that when he saw the monitor come back to life, he decided to start revival procedures once more. "I thought we'd better make another effort to revive him." he told ABC.
Nazir is calling the incident "a miracle", since he expected Yahle to need a heart transplant to be able to recover, but only needed a defibrillator and has already been sent home.
"I'm calling it a miracle because I've never seen anything like it." Nazir said to reporters.
The Ohio man doesn't remember anything and was shocked to learn he was dead for 45 minutes. He only knows he went to sleep and woke up five days later in the hospital. Alive.
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