Dead Man Revived After 40 Minutes

It has been reported out of Australia that a man was brought to life after being clinically dead for 40 minutes. This was made possible by a relatively new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure.

Colin Fiedler, 39, from Dandenong in Victoria died after suffering a heart attack at the Alfred Hospital last June. According to the Australian Herald Sun, doctors were able to revive him with the aid of a mechanical CPR machine coined the “AutoPulse” and a portable heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen flowing to his vital organs.

Fiedler is one of seven Australian patients that have received the same treatment. Amazingly, a total of three patients have been revived after being declared dead for 40 to 60 minutes.

The technology has been a part of a U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study — however, the organization concluded that the AutoPulse causes diastolic blood pressure to rise abnormally high. It was asserted manual compressions re the best methods, suggesting that in the future the AutoPulse could be “promising.”

The AutoPulse is 100 percent non-invasive and works to move blood through the entire body, far more than when manual compressions are applied, according to manufacturer Zoll. First commercialized in 2003, the device “keeps chest pressure continuous and closer to therapeutic level,” said EMT Intermediate David Silvia. “And there are no interruptions in CPR because you can shock, and give drugs while it is running.”

Within Australia, the device is proving effective. While a success there, it is not yet known when or if it will be approved in the U.S.