A 37-year-old Ohio man has stunned medical professionals after “coming back from the dead” — and he says “nobody but God” could’ve pulled it off.
It all began on August 5 when Anthony Yahle’s wife, Melissa, called 911 around 4 a.m. when she noticed irregularities in her husband’s breathing and was unable to wake him up.
ABC News reports that Melissa — who is a nurse — and the couple’s 17-year-old son, Lawrence, performed CPR until an ambulance could arrive.
Though paramedics were able to find a heartbeat and things originally seemed like they would turn out alright, Anthony’s heart stopped at the hospital and doctors were unable to revive him.
After roughly 45 minutes, cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir reportedly said it was time to call the time of death.
But Anthony’s son, Lawrence, refused to give up hope.
Wearing a cross necklace and speaking clearly on CNN, the young hero explained that something just didn’t feel “right” about the situation.
“[My dad is] 37-years-old, he’s never had a heart problem. He’s not dead in that room,” Lawrence recalled thinking.
Lawrence said he went back to where his father was and started praying with his pastor, Paul.
“Something came in me and got me to point at him, and I said, ‘Dad you’re not going to die today.”‘
“I stood there for a few more moments, and I started walking back to the counseling room to comfort my sisters and my mom,” Lawrence continued. “[I] took about three steps and my pastor, Paul, he looked and me and said, ‘Lawrence! Lawrence!'”
The boy’s father had begun showing signs of life and, unbelievably, doctors were able to resuscitate him.
Watch the family’s complete interview courtesy of CNN, below (skip to around 2:30 for Lawrence’s remarks):
Cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir commented: “In the last 20 years, I’ve never seen anybody we have pronounced dead … and then for him to come back, I’ve never seen it. Actually, I’ve never heard of it.”
Nazir and Anthony are both calling it a “miracle.”
“There’s nobody but God that could have done this,” Anthony said simply. “The doctors had all given up — I mean, rightfully so. It had been so long. But for me to wake up without any brain damage or anything like that is another part of a miracle…to be, you know, without oxygen for 45 minutes, that’s huge.”
“It definitely strengthened my faith, my family’s faith, everybody I know’s faith,” he said. “If it strengthens everybody’s faith, I’ll take the lumps for it.”
Anthony says he has no memory of the event, however, and no afterlife recollections.
“I went to bed … woke up five days later in the hospital,” he remarked. “Nobody really has an explanation for it — medically anyway.”
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