- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New CPR technology put to the test at an Australian hospital has passed with flying colors after a man — clinically dead for 40 minutes — was brought back to life. And he later was discharged with a clean bill of health, absent any disability.

Fox News reported that Colin Fiedler, 39, was just one of three heart attack patients to be risen from a clinical death diagnosis that spanned between 40 and 60 minutes — and sent home without disability — using a new CPR machine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. The machinery, called AutoPulse, performs constant chest compressions while sending a nonstop flow of oxygen and blood to the patient’s brain and vital organs, Fox News said, citing a News.com.au report.

Mr. Fiedler was admitted to the hospital in June in cardiac arrest and subsequently died — but was brought back to life 40 minutes later with the new equipment. He did not suffer any other mental or physical effects — such as brain damage or internal organ degradation — when he was revived, Fox News reported.

So far, seven patients have been treated with AutoPulse. Mr. Fiedler and two others have been touted as the most successful cases because not only were they revived, but also they avoided the types of disability that normally accompany a patient who is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time. The condition of the other AutoPulse patients wasn’t reported in the Fox News story.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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