New advances in resuscitation research could make it possible to bring people back after several hours.
Physician Sam Parnia believes that medical science is on the verge of a significant breakthrough within the next two decades that could save thousands of lives. At the moment only up to around 18% of patients who suffer a cardiac arrest are able to be revived, but at Dr. Parnia's research base in New York doctors have been achieving rates that are up to twice that figure.
"It is possible that in 20 years, we may be able to restore people to life 12 hours or maybe even 24 hours after they have died," he said. "You could call that resurrection, if you will. But I still call it resuscitation science."
"Critical care physician Sam Parnia makes the claim in his book Erasing Death, saying resuscitation research is on the cusp of a major breakthrough within the next 20 years."
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