Australian doctors bring woman back to life after clinically dead for 42 minutes
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian woman has lived to tell the tale after being brought back to life from being clinically dead for 42 minutes, doctors said on Monday.
Mother-of-two Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was rushed to Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne last week after a major heart attack, with one of her main arteries fully blocked.
She went into cardiac arrest and was declared clinically dead soon after arrival.
Doctors refused to give up and used a compression device called a Lucas 2 - the only one of its kind in Australia - to keep blood flowing to her brain while cardiologist Wally Ahmar opened an artery to unblock it.