An Ohio man declared dead for 45 minutes miraculously came back to life under his own power, leaving doctors grasping for a medical explanation, reports The Washington Post on Aug. 22.
On August 5, 37-year-old Tony Yahle's heart stopped beating while he was sleeping in his West Carrollton, Ohio home. Absent a pulse, he was rushed to the hospital at approximately 4 a.m. after his wife noticed he had stopped breathing.
After doctors attempted to revive him, he was pronounced dead. Yahle was down for 45 minutes before time of death was declared. As the hospital staff was preparing to inform the rest of the family, the incredulous occurred – Tony’s heart started back up.
“In the last 20 years, I've never seen anybody we have pronounced dead, and then for him to come back… I've never seen it,” Kettering Medical Center Cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir said. “Nobody really has an explanation for it, medically anyway,” he added.
Tony's son, 17-year-old Lawrence Yahle, was the first to learn his father had died.
“I pointed at him and I said, ‘Dad, you're not going to die today.’ I stood there for about a few more seconds. I was about to walk back to comfort the family,” the teen recalled. “It went from hopeless to hope in an instant.”
Yahle was then taken to the Ohio State University Medical Center for a five-day stay. Doctors searched for an explanation while Tony recovered. None came.
While doctors continue to be baffled by the absence of a medical explanation, Tony credits his faith and sees his story as a way to strengthen others as well.
“It definitely strengthen my faith, my family's faith. Everybody I know's faith. And like I said, if it strengthens everybody's faith then I'll take the lumps for it,” Yahle said.