Alive, Despite His Pulse Stopping For an Hour
A U.K. man came back from the dead after nearly drowning and having no pulse for up to an hour.
Architectural technician John Deeks was dragged from the water by two bathers after his body was spotted off of South Africa's Cape Town coast.
A doctor who was sunbathing on the beach began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until rescue workers arrived.
"We don't know how long he was in the water but he must have been without a pulse for between 40 and 60 minutes," said Darren Zimmerman, station commander at the nearby National Sea Rescue Institute office.
Deeks, a South African native who now lives in Colliers Wood in south London, was put on a ventilator after the accident last Thursday. He was taken off the machine Saturday and was released from the hospital Wednesday night.
The 35-year-old said he does not remember what happened to him, but thinks a large wave may have dragged him into a whirlpool. "It's a miracle I survived," he said.
Source: The Independent
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