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Australian mom brought back from death thanks to new lifesaving machine

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 19th, 2013
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Australian doctors have proven that there can be life after death after they revived a woman to the world of the living -- 42 minutes after she had been declared dead. Forty-one-year-old Vanessa Tanasio, the mother of two exclaimed after her ordeal that "For someone who's been dead an hour, I feel tremendously well."
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Rushed to hospital in Melbourne after suffering a major heart attack at her home in the suburb of Narre Warren, paramedics tried to revive Tanasio in the ambulance. She was declared clinically dead on arrival at the Monash Heart Hospital.

Tanasio sat up in her hospital bed to smile and chat with her mother Virginia and two children Ella, 11, and Max, 9, who had arrived for a visit.

Tanasio, described by Australian media as a "miracle patient," owes her second chance at life to a high-tech machine that kept blood flowing to her brain.

With her brain continuing to function thanks to a device called LUCAS2, surgeons were able to perform emergency treatment on her heart and return it to a normal rhythm.

"I feel excellent," Tanasio said in a brief telephone interview from hospital. A saleswoman with an earth-moving company, Tanasio said she had previously not had any heart problems.

"This has taken me completely by surprise. I'm relieved to be still here for my children. The doctors and nurses have been awesome - the machine is awesome."

Part of the police team that raised the money for the machine in conjunction with the hospital, Police sergeant Mark Robertson told local newspapers that he was thrilled with Tanasio's recovery.

Cardiologist Wally Ahmar worked to unblock the arteries to Tanasio's heart before other doctors moved in to shock the heart back to normal.

"She's in good spirits," said the hospital spokesman. "This is exceedingly good news.'   

Melbourne man Colin Fiedler was likewise "brought back to life" earlier this year after suffering a major heart attack and was declared clinically dead for more than half an hour.

Doctors used the same high-tech compression machine which fits around the chest and helps the heart to restart.

A New York cardiologist said in a recent interview that there can be life after what is perceived as death as long as the brain is kept functioning. He cautioned that if the brain becomes severely damaged there would be no quality of life if a patient is brought back to a vegetative state.

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