On Aug. 5, Anthony Yahle reportedly died. The 37-year-old West Carrollton, Ohio native was declared dead at Ketterling Medical Center. Somehow, he's alive today to discuss his experience.
After learning that his father had passed away, 17-year-old Lawrence Yahle, ran down the building's hallway to see nurses surrounding his father's body. According to ABC News, Yahle yelled "Dad, you're not going to die today," and that's when cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir says the elder Yahle's heart monitor began to respond.
"When I looked at the electrical activity, I was surprised," Nazir told ABC News. "I thought we'd better make another effort to revive him." After squeezing on one of Yahle's medicine bags to trigger his blood pressure, Nazir said his heart rate began to increase "very slowly."
That morning, Yahle's wife, Melissa, noticed that his breathing was irregular. A nurse for seven years, she tried to wake him up to no avail. She performed CPR and when emergency responders finally arrived, they shocked him several times to get a heartbeat.
Yahle's condition improved at the hospital, but his heart stopped later that afternoon and doctors reluctantly decided to declare him dead. That's when the miracle, which Nazir still calls "mind boggling," happened. Yahle was transferred to Ohio State University Medical Center and finally returned home on Aug. 10 with a defibrillator in his chest.
He's scheduled to return to work on Monday, but doctors may conduct a biopsy in an attempt to get answers. To this day, he has no recollection of what happened after going to bed the night before his heart stopped.
[via ABC News]