A DAD who died after suffering a cardiac arrest miraculously came back to life in the morgue.
Doctors tried for six hours to revive Joao Araujo, 48, a postman from Gloucester, before his family were told he’d died.
Joao Araujo, 48, a postman from Gloucester, came back to life after he died following cardiac arrest[/caption]
But while he was being wheeled to the morgue nurses noticed he was moving – 21 minutes after he was pronounced dead.
A team of medics said there is no exact explanation for what happened to him, but tests revealed circulation had spontaneously returned to Mr Araujo’s heart.
Joao’s family were told could be left permanently brain damaged due to a 21-minute lack of oxygen but he was able to return to work in just three weeks.
He is known as the “Miracle Man” on the cardiac ward at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Joao said: “It changed me. I give more value to all the things every day. Every single day.
“I say thank you that I am alive, I say thank you that I have a job. I give more value to my family and my friends.
“When I was at the hospital they had no explanation for my problem so people started calling me the ‘Miracle Man’.
“Unlike everything else in the body below the eyes, they said that the brain is a mystery, it’s like a Pandora’s Box.
“They did not have the knowledge to know the reason behind what happened. Doctors can’t believe I am alive without any damage in my heart, brain or body.”
Joao was in the car and about to pull off the driveway with wife Grazielle when his eyes rolled in towards the back of his head and his hands clenched rigidly around the wheel.
I say thank you that I am alive
She grabbed his phone and wedged it in between his tongue and the roof of his mouth to prevent it going down his throat.
She screamed for help and a neighbour called for an ambulance.
Paramedics arrived and said he was suffering a cardiac arrest and rushed him to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
But after six hours of injections and failed attempts at CPR, doctors ruled there was nothing more they could do.
They pronounced Mr Araujo dead at 4pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Doctors told his wife and children he was dead, who then phoned his parents in Portugal to tell them of the sad news.
But while his body was being moved from intensive care to the mortuary, nurses noticed movement.
DEAD FOR 21 MINUTES
Doctors rushed to Joao’s distraught family to tell them circulation had spontaneously returned to his heart.
He remained in a coma for three days before waking up in his hospital bed to staff calling him “Miracle Man.”
Doctors moved him to a separate room but he remained confused and disorientated, continuously pressing the emergency button.
But two weeks later his condition miraculously improved and he was sent to hospitals in Bristol and Oxford to help determine what had caused the episode.
With no prior history of heart problems and being in good shape for his age, doctors reached the conclusion that Joao’s brain had not sent the correct signal to his heart.
‘SPONTANEOUS RETURN OF CIRCULATION’
Medical notes about the episode state: “Out of hospital cardiac arrest with prolonged and unsuccessful attempt at CPR but with spontaneous return of circulation soon after CPR was discontinued.”
He was fitted with an Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) against his heart, which sends an electric shock through to his heart if it stops again.
The device also monitors his heart rate and sends readings back to the hospital.
Three weeks after the freak cardiac arrest Joao returned to work as a cleaner and continued to live a healthy lifestyle.
Even people I don’t know or recognise from different areas of the hospital say ‘It’s the Miracle Man!
Joao, now a postman who lives with his new partner, visits the cardiology ward every six months for a check-up and is still known by staff as the ‘Miracle Man’.
He said: “Every time I go back, the nurses and the people who work there go ‘The Miacle Man is back!’ “Even people I don’t know or recognise from different areas of the hospital say ‘It’s the Miracle Man! Everybody knows you, you are famous!’”
He has only had one issue with his heart since the attack in 2009.
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In 2015, he collapsed while working as a delivery driver but continued a full day’s work before driving back home and visiting A&E.
Joao said: “The doctors said that I have too much energy. It doesn’t matter if I am in too much pain, I carry on.”
He has decided to share his experience ten years on, having previously said that he “didn’t want to be famous”.
Joao is known as the ‘Miracle Man’[/caption]
Joao and his daughter Maria, 12, with a friend[/caption]
Doctors were left baffled by what happened to him[/caption]
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