Automated CPR unit helped revive clinically dead man

10/16/2013 | Minnesota Public Radio

An automated CPR device, LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System, helped saved the life of Tim Franko, a 56-year-old man from New Richmond, Wis., who suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead for nearly three hours last August. Paramedics and doctors used the device to keep Franko's blood circulating for two hours and 45 minutes while they worked to save his life, eventually removing a blood clot through cardiac catheterization. Franko's case is said to be the longest example of prolonged CPR in the world that successfully brought back a clinically dead patient. Franko is now recovering from his heart attack.

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