Skip to comments.How an Australian hospital is bringing clinically dead people back to life
Posted on 05/15/2013 9:43:30 AM PDT by neverdem
Resurrection may no longer be the stuff of myth
Doctors at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne have a knack for resurrection. Thanks to a combination of two resuscitation techniques, the Australian team has successfully revived three patients who were officially dead for between 40 and 60 minutes.
One of those patients was 39-year-old Colin Fielder, who suffered a heart attack last year. While being whisked away in the ambulance, he was asked which of the two nearby hospitals he preferred. "For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky because they are the only one that has it," Fielder said.
"It" is the AutoPulse, a portable CPR machine that performs constant chest compressions that essentially keep the heart beating. What makes the AutoPulse unique is that instead of pistons pressing and lifting only one part of the sternum, the AutoPulse uses a band that wraps around and squeezes the entire chest. (See a video of the machine in action below.) As a result, "victims receive more consistent, high-quality compressions which means improved blood flow," according to the manufacturer's website.
In addition to the AutoPulse, The Alfred doctors also used a technique on Fielder called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) it's essentially an artificial lung outside the body that keeps oxygen and blood flowing to the patient's brain and vital organs. ECMOs have been used in the past for lung transplant recipients as well as extremely ill newborns. But it is this combination of ECMOs and the AutoPulse, currently in clinical trials at The Alfred, that has proved successful in reviving the dead.
The combination of the ECMO and AutoPulse help to keep the body "living" while also giving doctors time to diagnose the heart attack source and treat it. More time and care means an increased chance of...
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The catch is that, once revived, they develop an overpowering hunger for living flesh.
Looks like it’s started.....
Ummm.... your friendly local IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board)?
What happens if they end up being able to do it to someone that’s been dead for a couple days?
With the IRS being involved in Obamacare, I think they will deny that they will be merely "playing".
Don’t we, in effect, “play God” every time we treat a patient medically? God is capable of calling home His own when their time is up.
It would be interesting to know the real effects on the brain.
They’re only mostly dead.
or execute people, or have wars?
In the Brave New Obamaworld, that would be the IRS.
This technique is great because it keeps oxygen and blood flowing to prevent organ damage, especially brain damage until the person can be “fixed.” :) It’s not going to work on anyone who’s been dead for more than a few minutes before started.
If they are revived, they were not dead
If clinical death is not “death” then will they stop organ harvesting and stop death by dehydration of coma victims and locked in victims and twilight consciousness people because they think their brains are “clinically dead”
or call it euthanasia?
Health insurance companies will love this.
“Sorry, you’re coverage expired when you did. All of the costs for bringing you back are on you”.
Notice: Don’t use on any Democrat.
or just pining for the fjords
When does the soul leave the body? If they resuscitate, does the soul return? If the body has no soul does it get elected President?
I didn’t have the heart compression mentioned here, but I got the extra oxygen and then ECV — Electrocardioversion — to stop my heart — then get it going again at a regular beat rather than the 100-140 resting heart beat that I had been experiencing due to a-fib.
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