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    Default Man frozen to death is brought back to life with warm oxygenated blood pumped back into the body

    Back from the frozen brink, 'miracle' man returns to thank LVHN staff

    This is by far the most incredible article regarding medical science that I've read in years. It definitely ranks up there with brain-controlled electronic prosthetics and even something as momentous as Dolly the cloned sheep. I'm actually astounded that this worked at all, but apparently someone who is frozen solid and seemingly dead, with no pulse, can be brought back hours later. It's amazing, truly amazing how the human body works.

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    Hm, didn't the nazi experiments try to do this and fail? (they froze a number of prisoners/untermensch or other german stuff, then used various methods to try to bring them back to normality to use in another experiment).

    The japanese 'scientific' units in China were even worse, though.
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    Who did those experiments? Josef Mengele? In either case, it almost sounds like the premise to a bad WWII-era horror movie.

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    The strange case of Peter Skyllberg.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...n-his-car.html

    There was another similar case in Asia where someone obese survived on snowmelt and minimizing the effort to near suspended animation.

    Mitsutaka Uchikoshi

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/200...an.topstories3
    A Japanese civil servant has described for the first time how he survived for more than three weeks in a mountain forest without food or water in what doctors believe is the first known case of a human going into hibernation. Mitsutaka Uchikoshi went missing on Mt Rokko in western Japan on October 7 after a barbecue with colleagues. Rather than joining them for the return trip by cable car, the 35-year-old decided to walk down the mountain, but lost his way, slipped in a stream and broke his pelvis.
    "On the second day, the sun was out, I was in a field, and I felt very comfortable. That's my last memory," he said, shortly before being discharged from Kobe city general hospital on Tuesday. "I must have fallen asleep after that."
    When a passing climber found him 24 days later, Mr Uchikoshi's body temperature had fallen to just 22C (72F), he had a barely discernable pulse and he was suffering from multiple organ failure and blood loss.
    Doctors who treated Mr Uchikoshi believe he lost consciousness after his fall and that his body's natural survival instincts kicked in, sending him into a state akin to hibernation as the temperature on the mountain dropped as low as 10C.
    "He fell into a state similar to hibernation and many of his organs slowed, but his brain was protected," Dr Shinichi Sato, head of the hospital's emergency unit, told reporters. "I believe his brain capacity has recovered 100%."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6197339.stm
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    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10155409
    Abstract

    A 4-year-old boy broke through the ice of a frozen lake and drowned. The boy was extricated from the icy water by a rescue helicopter that was dispatched shortly after the incident. Although the boy was severely hypothermic, no cardiac response could be induced with field resuscitation measures, including intubation, ventilation, suction, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. On admission, the primary findings included fixed, nonreacting pupils and asystole. The first core temperature measured was 19.8 degrees C (67.6 degrees F). During active, external warming, the first ventricular beats were observed 20 minutes after admission, and changed 10 minutes later to a sinus rhythm. Continuous monitoring included repeated arterial blood gas and electrolyte tests; prophylaxis for cerebral edema was performed with hyperventilation and administration of sodium Brevimytal and dexamethasone. Seventy minutes after admission, hemodynamics stabilized and the boy was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), where active external warming was continued to raise the core temperature at a rate of 1 degree C/hour. Adult respiratory distress syndrome developed, and the boy had to be ventilated in the PICU for 10 days. He was discharged home after another two weeks. He recovered fully. The rapid heat loss with the induction of severe hypothermia (< 20 degrees C; 68 degrees F) was the main reason for survival in this rare event of a patient with cardiac arrest lasting 88 minutes after accidental hypothermia.

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    Default Re: Man frozen to death is brought back to life with warm oxygenated blood pumped back into the body

    Wow! Some similar cases there; thanks for sharing. It just further confirms how determined the human body is to stay alive.

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    You're welcome. There's lots of icy drowning resuscitations.

    The problem with suspended animation is cell death from ice crystals. Certain species have adaptations that allow it. Obviously brine shrimp, but recently waterbears are in the news.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scie...rs-frozen.html
    Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years.

    Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They're segmented, with eight legs, and measure 1mm in length.

    Scientists at at Japan's National Institute of Polar Research retrieved the creatures from a frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983. The sample had been stored at −20 C for just over three decades.



    Two waterbears were resuscitated. One of them died after 20 days, but the other went on to successfully reproduce with a third specimen hatched from a frozen egg.

    It laid 19 eggs, of which 14 hatched successfully.
    Found throughout the world, tardigrades can survive extreme pressure, such as deep underwater, and can even live in the vacuum of space for several days.
    When they're frozen, the creatures enter a state called cryptobiosis, in which their metabolic processes shut down, and they show no visible signs of life.



    Back in the Seventies, this phenomena was discovered.


    An experiment to show kids.
    http://www.goodtricks.net/flyres.html
    http://phys.org/news/2009-12-common-fruit.html
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