Doctors dropped Bulent Sonmez in an ice bath as a last attempt of restarting his heart. And it seems miracles do happen.
The dad-of-two had a massive heart attack but managed to be brought back from the dead after being put into an ice bath by doctors. It was a last ditch attempt to get his heart beating again. They managed it by lowering his temperature to 30C to limit the effects of a lack of oxygen on the organs.
After 24 hours, his temperature rose back to normal and amazingly managed to maintain his normal heart rate. Although the joy is short lived as he could only remember half of his life, with no recollection of his wife or kids.
Speaking to local press about what happened, his wife said:
It was like a movie, I didn’t know how to explain the two children we had waiting at home.
I tried to resolve it by showing him photographs, but it took a very long time to be able to convince him.
Doctor Omer Zuhtu stated:
The man was released back home eight months ago and does seem to have regained much of his lost memory. We did not find much literature looking in detail at the side effects of therapeutic hypothermia treatment.
It remains a controversial procedure, but we believe in this case it certainly saved this man’s life.