Dead 40 minutes, Australian Colin Feidler brought back to life with mechanical CPR machine

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dead 40 minutes, an Australian man was brought back to life with an experimental device, the mechanical CPR machine

Colin Feidler had a heart attack one year ago. The 39-year-old car mechanic was taken to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, in cardiac arrest last June. He was considered clinically dead.

"No memory or it at all," Feidler said.

<p Doctors were testing the mechanical CPR machine, so they used the new device, which performs constant chest compressions while sending a non-stop flow of oxygen and blood to the brain and other vital organs, and it helped bring Fiedler back to life.

<p "This can pump for an hour and by that time we'll have the patient on a heart lung machine and then the heart doctors can do their thing," a doctor said.


Fiedler is one of seven cardiac arrest patients in Australia that were treated with the technique and one of three revived after being declared dead for 40 to 60 minutes. He did not suffer any mental or physical effects such as brain damage, which typically follows when a patient is deprived of oxygen for an extended amount of time.

<p "Before this program I'm afraid Colin would have died. People that previously had no hope now have," the doctor said.

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