This 22-year-old was revived by doctors in Delhi after his heart stopped beating for an hour

24th Feb 2018
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A medical miracle happened a few days ago when the doctors at Apollo hospital in Delhi revived a man whose heart did not beat for an hour.

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Recently, a 22-year-old engineer, Aasif Khan, from Aligarh suffered a cardiac arrest, and his heart stopped beating. According to a report by Times Of India, the cardiac arrest happened while he was being checked for an acute chest pain in the hospital.

Aasif’s heart stopped beating, and he collapsed. Immediately, the trauma specialists administered continuous cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and provided shocks to the heart with the help of defibrillator to keep the blood supply running.

After continuous efforts for an hour, Aasif’s heart revived. However, he suffered another cardiac arrest while being taken to the cath lab for an angiogram to find the location of blood vessel clot. With no other options left, doctors conducted an angiogram, removed the clot, and placed a stent in the located vessel while simultaneously administering him a CPR.

The permission to conduct the surgery was taken from the family members over the phone. One complication after another made it a nerve-wracking experience for the doctors. However, they continued fighting to save young Aasif’s life.

Once his heart was revived, Aasif slipped into a coma. Despite being put on a ventilator, he continued to stay in a coma for the next two days. The doctors continued making efforts to improve his blood supply by administering medicines. However, they saw no signs of improvement in brain function.

According to The Hush Post, senior consultant at Apollo Hospital, Dr N N Khanna, said,

We thought he was brain dead. We were planning tests to confirm it, when suddenly he opened his eyes. He was a young boy, we did not want to lose him at any cost.

Thanks to the doctors’ persistent efforts and determination, Aasif survived despite his heartbeat stopping for almost an hour. As per the reports, the hospital did not charge Aasif and his family as a gesture of goodwill.

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