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An Ohio man has stunned his family and doctors by coming back to life 45 minutes after his heart had stopped earlier this month. Doctors had already pronounced Tony Yahle dead, but then suddenly nearly an hour after his heart beat was last detected, signs of life began appearing again, leaving everyone amazed and praising the incident as a miracle.
Yahle's wife Melissa, a nurse, woke up in the middle of the night after observing that her husband's breathing sounding off. When she was unable to wake him, she performed CPR and called emergency services, and soon paramedics were on the scene.
Yahle was rushed to a local hospital but soon after arriving his condition momentarily stabilized but then suddenly his heart stopped altogether.
After 45 minutes of trying to revive Yahle, he was officially pronounced dead by medics. Doctors broke the heartbreaking news to his family, but immediately the announcement was made, Lawrence, Yahle's 17-year-old son rushed to his father's body shouting, "Dad you're not going to die today!"
Within minutes of Lawrence's announcement, Yahle's heart monitor suddenly detected something, and the stunned doctors quickly rushed to begin trying to revive him again. This time, they were successful - not only in getting his heart to beat again but in restoring him to full consciousness.
Dr. Raja Nazir, who had pronounced Yahle dead, had difficulty believing what he had seen with his own eyes.
"In the last 20 years, I've never seen anybody we have pronounced dead come back to life. I've never even heard of it," he said. "Actually, I've never heard of it."
Yahle credited his remarkable recovery to God.
"A miracle happened," he said. "It definitely strengthened my faith, everyone I know's faith."
"A week ago Sunday I died for 35 to 45 min it was bad enough that the doctor pronounced me dead...'I would just like to thank everyone who prayed for me and my family over these past 12 days. God has worked more than I can say and no one can say any different... Even the doctors that worked on me say it was god's work," Yahle wrote on Facebook.
"He doesn't have one broken rib," his wife Melissa told the Daily Mail. "He's not sore. These are things that just clinically don't happen."