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Man revived after being dead for 18 hours


Posted on Saturday, 7 April, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

Doctors battled to save the man's life. Image Credit: Anastasia Puscian / US Navy
The 53-year-old was resuscitated despite lying lifeless outside with no heartbeat for the better part of a day.
The man, whose name has not been disclosed, was only saved because the near-freezing conditions outside had brought on hypothermia, causing his body's core temperature to plummet.

He was found unconscious next to a river on March 12th after suffering a heart attack while on his way back from his brother's house in southern France.

Realizing that the cold had helped to preserve his organs, doctors spent hours attempting to revive him. Incredibly, following one last desperate effort to save his life, his heart started beating again.

"The medical team was stupefied," said Jonathan Charbit, head of the intensive care unit at Montpellier University Hospital in France. "The probability of him surviving was near to zero."

According to reports, the man is still on respiratory support but has not suffered any brain damage.

"He is heading towards a total recovery," said Charbit.

Source: The Times | Comments (12)

Tags: Heart, Revive

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew on 7 April, 2018, 18:54
Wonder if he will relate a near death experience?†
Comment icon #4 Posted by Krater on 7 April, 2018, 19:02
No. He was not dead. Dead is forever. Death is the permanent cessation of cellular activity. Fascinating story, though. ;)
Comment icon #5 Posted by WoIverine on 7 April, 2018, 19:03
Yeah, curious to see as well.
Comment icon #6 Posted by bison on 7 April, 2018, 19:20
Near-freezing conditions, it said. So, cold enough to prevent degeneration of the man's body, but not so cold as to damage it. Remarkable that the need for oxygen to the brain was reduced to such an extent that he could be revived after 18 hours, and not suffer brain damage. This would normally occur within about 4 minutes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by UFOwatcher on 8 April, 2018, 15:58
Misleading picture. The picture is a CPR training photograph. Looks like a dummy.
Comment icon #8 Posted by bison on 9 April, 2018, 18:29
Yes, the arm fits into a visible socket, with excess space around it. A plastic dummy. I doubt that the hospital would release a picture of the actual patient, due to privacy concerns.
Comment icon #9 Posted by RoofGardener on 9 April, 2018, 18:43
Ahhhh... right... the title of the UmBot post is misleading.† the ACTUAL Times article said "...Man resuscitated after heart stops for 18 hours..." and NOT "..after being dead for 18 hours.. " https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/man-resuscitated-after-heart-stops-for-18-hours-td68bttnc Still pretty remarkable though... most especially as the doctors reckon he has NOT suffered from brain damage. Well, insofar as it is possible to tell with a Frenchman †
Comment icon #10 Posted by skliss on 11 April, 2018, 16:38
When my son was in Jr high (he's in college now)† he did a report about a doctor working on this type of cold being used in emergency situations to slow down body functions until people could be transported for treatment. He was trying to make it commonplace for EMS to use. I guess he's still working on it but obviously he was on to something.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Alaric on 12 April, 2018, 15:16
Uhuh... I seen this in a movie once. Itís†all fun and games until the demon that came back disguised as him goes on a rampage...†
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawkin on 21 April, 2018, 14:52
I was thinking the same. A lot of people that go through this usually have a story to tell. We'll see if he does.


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