Bruce Goodman, a flight paramedic with the Mayo Clinic’s Medical Transport unit who resuscitated a man without a pulse after 96 minutes had passed.

The Wall Street Journal reports this incredible story while explaining how new technologies such as the capnograph, which measures carbon dioxide levels of patients, are being used to revive what were once lost causes. As the paramedic indicates, ethical questions abound when it comes to weighing the results of bringing someone back to life after such a long period of time without brain damage.

On a lighter note, the cardiac arrest victim had the best line:

“I’m a regular guy. I happened to die at the right place at the right time.”


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My cardiac arrest was six months ago. The odds of a full recovery including neurological is about 7%. I beat those odds because I also "died" in the right place with skilled people there including Mark, a CPR instructor, Kathy, a nurse skilled in CPR, and Jeff, an anesthesiologist. I am indeed most grateful but also have twinges of survivor guilt that asks why did I survive when so many others do not..