Man brought back to life after being electrocuted

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Man in hospital. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)
Man in hospital. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

An American man who was electrocuted and declared dead was brought back to life thanks to doctors who revived him with an electric current.

Michael Pruitt had been helping his stepfather on a job home in Detroit on 30 April when the metal ladder he was carrying hit a live wire and electrocuted him, PEOPLE reports.

“I remember being electrocuted – just shaking, and then nothing,” Michael told reporters.

The home’s owner called emergency services and administered CPR until the local fire and rescue team arrived on the scene.

Paramedics continued to give Michael CPR en route to the local emergency room but once they arrived, hospital staff said he showed no signs of life.

“They brought in this young man who had no vital signs,” says Dr Angel Chudler, an emergency room physician at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills

“I said to my team, ‘We’re bringing him back.’ And then I said to him, ‘You better come back!’”

They used a defibrillator on Michael but when nothing happened, dr Chudler made the call to use a second shock with increased intensity, FOX News reports.

The second jolt brought the 20-year-old back to life. He’d been dead for 20 minutes prior to being resuscitated but became conscious again.

Barbara Smith, director of trauma services at the centre, explained that brain cells can begin to die in as little as five minutes when someone goes without oxygen.

“Michael’s resuscitation is miraculous. He didn’t lose any brain function,” she explained. “It’s a testament to the importance of immediate and continuous CPR to move oxygenated blood to the brain.”

Michael is currently at home and recovering. The only lasting injury he has are the bandages on his big toes where the electricity exited his body.

He now sports a new tattoo over his heart to commemorate the ordeal. It shows the Eye of Providence inside a dream catcher.

Sources: PEOPLE, FOX News

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