Woman 'Dead' for 42 Minutes Brought Back to Life
Thanks to high-tech CPR machine
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An Australian woman was brought back to life after being clinically dead for 42 minutes, the Herald Sun reports. Vanessa Tanasio, a 41-year-old mother of two, collapsed while getting her kids ready for school a week ago. She'd had a heart attack, and was declared clinically dead soon after she was brought to the hospital, the Brisbane Times reports. But the cardiology team was able to save her using a high-tech new machine that gave her CPR for 30 minutes, keeping her blood flowing to her brain and other organs while doctors unblocked an artery. Her heart was then successfully shocked into beating again.

Without the $15,000, battery-powered LUCAS 2 or "thumper," her doctors would have had to do CPR manually while taking short breaks to perform the coronary angiogram and angioplasty. (The machine ran through two full batteries on Tanasio.) "It’s truly a miracle that after 40 minutes of reduced circulation that she is alive and well and completely cognizant," says the hospital director. "I would be dead if it wasn't for the thumper machine," Tanasio says. She was set to be released yesterday, and adds that she's given up smoking.

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1492
Sep 14, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
What is the difference between "Dead" and "Clinically Dead"? Is one deader than the other? 1492
haywood_Jablowme_49
Aug 20, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
see what happens when you have a Nationalized health Care plan. Obama care is just the start to providing the best health care and saving lives for one and all. I speak for all Americans
j_dubs
Aug 20, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
we know this couldn't have happened in america, because after seeing the bill for the use of this machine she'd just have another heart attack and be dead for sure.