Man Makes Full Recovery After His Heart Stops Beating for One Hour

The medical team of the Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital prepares a cake to celebrate a Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner, surnamed Hong (L-5), making a full recovery after his heart stopped beating for one hour. (Courtesy of  Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital)
The medical team of the Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital prepares a cake to celebrate a Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner, surnamed Hong (L-5), making a full recovery after his heart stopped beating for one hour. (Courtesy of Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital)

It may be unbelievable for many, but it’s a true fact that a 44-year-old Taiwanese man made a full recovery without any side effects after his heart stopped beating for one hour. The man, surnamed Hong, was rushed to Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital in New Taipei City in northern Taiwan about six months ago due to breathing difficulties.

After multiple organ failures, and having a heart attack, he stopped breathing, and his heart stopped beating shortly after he was admitted to the ICU. ​The critical care team immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him.

But after a half hour’s toil, they still failed to restore his heartbeat. After an assessment the team was about to pronounce the patient’s death — however, the patient’s mother and his wife didn’t give up on him. They continued to hold his hands firmly and called out his name sincerely, hoping for a miracle to happen.

Unbelievably, the patient must have felt his family’s strong thoughts — all of a sudden, a slight pulse was felt.

Mr. Hong poses with the medical team of the Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital after he made a full recovery from heart failure for over one hour. (Image: Courtesy of Chung Yuan)

Hong (R-2) poses with the medical team of the Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital after he made a full recovery from heart failure. (Image: Courtesy of Chung Yuan)

The critical care team again performed CPR on him for another half an hour until his heartbeat and pulse were fully restored. The medical team installed an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO 葉克膜) in the patient, and then rushed him to the heart catheterization room for further treatment.

Two of  Hong’s coronary arteries were also blocked, so the medical team immediately opened the clogged blood vessels and implemented two intravascular stents for him.

After being hospitalized for about two months, Hong was discharged from the hospital. He has made a full recovery from his ordeal and is back to his normal life.

When Hong returned to the Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital along with his wife on June 2, 2017, the medical team was amazed at his compete recovery without any side effects. A nurse who had helped him was moved to tears, and admired his strong willpower to live. The attending doctors also referred to him as a medical miracle.

Chen Kuan-Yuan, doctor of the Chest Medicine Dept. at Shuang Ho Hospital, expressed that according to clinical experience, if a patient’s heartbeat is not restored after CPR is administered for over 30 minutes, his survival rate is very slim. He added that even if the patient’s heartbeat is restored, it is very likely that he will become vegetative. Hao Wen-Rui, another doctor at the hospital, said:

At the press conference at the hospital on June 2, Hong said that he was able to get out of bed shortly after being transferred to the respiratory care ward from the ICU, where he then resumed his practice of the Falun Gong exercises in the ward.

In addition to thanking the medical team’s outstanding care and his family’s righteous support, Hong also expressed his appreciation to the Falun Gong founder, Li Hongzhi, for imparting the practice to him so that he could survive this ordeal.

He stressed that during his suffering, he kept strongly in his mind that in terms of health problems, 70 percent of it is psychological and 30 percent physical. He therefore would like to advise others that you should never give up, regardless of how difficult your situation may be.

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