Medical miracle: Doctors surprised when dead man's heart starts beating again

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DAYTON, Ohio -- 45 minutes after he was pronounced dead, a 37-year-old man surprised doctors when he started showing signs of life.

It all started the night of August 5 when Tony Yahle's wife noticed he was breathing strangely.

Her attempts to wake him failed.

In a panic, she called 911 and Yahle was rushed to the hospital.

Later that afternoon, doctors say Yahle's heart went into a fatal arrhythmia.

Then, his heart stopped for nearly an hour.

Doctors and nurses went into overdrive trying to stimulate his heart.

Their efforts showed no results.

Presuming they were unsuccessful, Dr. Raja Nazir pronounced Yahle dead. The family was told the news and they were permitted to see his apparent lifeless body.

Yahle's 17-year-old son was in disbelief about the situation.

"I pointed at him and said, 'Dad, you're not going to die today."

And he was right. Within moments, Yahle's heartbeat came back.

"I've never seen anybody who we have pronounced dead come back," Dr. Nazir says.

After five days in a coma, Yahle woke up with no recollection of how he chated death.

His family said they witnessed nothing short of a miracle.

Today, Yahle says he's perfectly fine.


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