A man was dead for 40 minutes in Australia before being brought back to life. The Australian citizen, Colin Fiedler, was pronounced clinically dead for an incredible amount of time before a brand new resuscitation technique was able to revive him! The 39-year-old man from Victoria was one of three cardiac arrest patients who were brought back to life that day.
The man was dead for 40 minutes before one of these new machines brought him back to life. Fiedler had a heart attack and was revived. "I'm so grateful, more than I could ever say," the Australian man said to the Herald Sun.
The three Australians were dead for 40-60 minutes at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, before being brought back to life by two new techniques used in the emergency department. The hospital is testing a mechanical CPR machine. The new machine acts as an automated version of a manual CPR procedure, performing chest compressions. It also utilizes a portable heart-lung machine to keep oxygen and blood flowing to the patient's brain and vital organs.
Including the man who was dead for 40 minutes, seven cardiac arrest patients have been treated with the new AutoPulse machine and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation at The Alfred Hospital. The machine excels where manual CPR fails in that it allows doctors to diagnose the cause of the cardiac arrest and treat it. It also keeps blood and oxygen flowing to the vital organs and brain, reducing risk of permanent disability.
Fiedler was dead for 40 minutes at The Alfred Hospital, which was one of two choices that he was given in the ambulance while he was having his heart attack. Paramedics gave him the option. "For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky, because they are the only one that has it," the man who was dead for 40 minutes said.
The AutoPulse machine that saved the man that was dead for 40 minutes is manufactured by the company Revivant, and is only available in three ambulances! The company said that it will provide more of its automatic CPR machines to medical facilitires.
So far, the machine that saved the technically dead man is only available at The Alfred Hospital. However, the results from the first two years of the trial are "exciting," according to senior intensive care physician Professor Stephen Bernard, and it is hoped that they will eventually expand the system across Melbourne.
This mirrors another recent news story that made headlines when David Binks, 28, was brought back to life a startling 70 mintues after a cardiac arrest at his home in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. His partner Lynette Crozier immediately did CPR, and then paramedics and hospital staff continued the resuscitation. The doctors shocked him 16 times before his heartbeat returned.
"David was asleep next to me but I woke up and he was gasping for breath and wasn't responding. I just started shaking him. I knew he had stopped breathing and his heart wasn't beating and I just called for an ambulance," Crozier said. "I started doing CPR and chest compressions until the ambulance got there. It was only for about three minutes but it felt like a lifetime." Paramedics say that her quick actions saved her life.
While the machine that saved the man that was dead for 40 minutes kept him alive, a machine helped David Binks recover in the hospital. He spent five days on a special ventilator in the intensive care unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital. The incredible story is just another example of how medical advancements in technology are keeping more people alive and helping people to recover more quickly every day across the world.