Dr Sam Parnia has been resurrecting the dead for 20 years. Parnia is head of intensive care at the Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. He has developed new techniques which can bring back people who have been dead for hours.
Sometimes heart attack patients are brought in and are dead. Parnia hooks them up to his machines which pump oxygen into the blood and cool the body to prevent deterioration. The Surgeons operate, fix the cause of death, and then Parnia turns the person back on.
Parnia argues that the popular concept of what death is, is wrong."The longest I know of is a Japanese girl I mention in the book," Parnia says. "She had been dead for more than three hours. And she was resuscitated for six hours. Afterwards, she returned to life perfectly fine and has, I have been told, recently had a baby."
He has some interesting ideas about what happens when you die too. I may buy his book.It was a truncated version of this process, at the London Chest Hospital, that allowed the Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba to be restored to life after he collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane last year. Parnia watched the events unfold on TV and subsequently kept on reading that Muamba had been, for up to an hour, "dead" – but always in quotation marks. He laughs. "Journalists have invented a new term, 'clinically dead'. I don't know what that term means. But the fact is Muamba was dead. And it was not by a miracle he was brought back to life, it was by science."