Man survives without regular heartbeat

March 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, March 26 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old man in North Richland Hills, Texas, says he has no memory of the 40 minutes he lived without a regular heartbeat.

Austin Miller said he has no memories regarding the desperate medical fight for his life that took place after he was hit in his chest by a fellow baseball player's knee during a Feb. 25 game, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Thursday.

"I feel like all these things happened to me," Miller said of the repeated attempts to shock his heart back into rhythm and his body temperature dropping nearly 7 degrees. "But I'm not really a part of any of it."

Miller's father, Doug, recalled waiting desperately with his wife, Sherry, for more than two days for their son to recover.

"I saw a visible tear come from his left eye," Doug Miller said of his son's eventual recovery. "I told him to open his eyes and he did. He came back from the dead."

Medical officials told the Star-Telegram that Austin Miller was able to recover his basic functioning after undergoing hypothermia therapy.

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