A MAN who was dead for 90 minutes has revealed what he saw as medics desperately tried to revive him.
Alistair Blake, 61, suddenly went into cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning in January 2019 as he slept next to his wife Melinda.
She woke up at around 3am to find her husband “gurgling” and unresponsive in their beach house in Victoria, Australia.
Melinda frantically began performing CPR on her husband of 35 years as she desperately waited for an ambulance to arrive.
She sprung into action, using her knowledge from a recent first aid refresher course and tried to revive Alistair for 20 minutos.
But by the time help arrived, the Aussie was still lifeless – and technically dead.
Paramedics worked on Alistair for over an hour, continuing to administer CPR and giving him eight shocks with a defibrillator.
They spent 90 minutes trying to restart the patient’s heart, before miraculously finding a pulse – despite him being medically deceased.
The 61-year-old told news.com.au’s I’ve Got News For You pódcast: “Técnicamente, yo estaba muerto por 90 minutos.
“I remember going to bed on the Saturday night – and the next thing I remember was waking up Thursday morning on a trolley going from ICU to coronary care.
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“The human brain has totally blocked out what happened in between.”
It seems the trauma of knocking on death’s door has wiped his memory of the terrifying incident.
But Alistair has now divulged the details of what he experienced while he was out for the count.
Él explicó: “A lot of people ask me if I saw anything, and no, I did not see anything. No bright lights, nothing like that whatsoever.
“It’s a case of not knowing what’s out there – but I don’t mind about that, as long as I’m fit and healthy.”
Alistair, who has a history of heart disease in his family, was rushed to Frankston Hospital where doctors unclogged his blocked artery.
He was then moved to the Intensive Care Unit to cool his body to protect his brain – and extraordinarily woke up with no brain damage or physical impairment.
It’s a case of not knowing what’s out there – but I don’t mind about that, as long as I’m fit and healthy.
The Aussie then had an operation to have a pacemaker put on his heart as a precaution and was discharged after 12 días.
He earned the nickname “Lazarus” – a follower of Jesus who rose from the dead – from medical staff thanks to his remarkable recovery.
Despite not facing any spiritual awakening or an out-of-body experience as he teetered into the other side, Alistair it gave him a new outlook on life.
Él continuó: “You take a totally different approach to life. Reducing the number of hours I work, trying to connect more with family and friends.
“My eating habits have changed. I eat more healthily and do more exercise.
“If your gonna go, your gonna go. If it’s gonna happen it’s gonna happen.”
A cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, happens when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body.
Someone who has had a cardiac arrest will collapse unconscious.
Their breathing will be irregular and may stop, and they will be unresponsive.
It’s best to call an ambulance as soon as possible and carry out CPR if you can.