Whether it was faith, fate or plain luck, Tony Yahle is thankful to be alive today.
In the middle of the night on August 5, 2013, the 37-year-old Ohio man had a fatal heart arrhythmia.
Yahle had no pulse or heartbeat and the doctors worked for 45 minutes to try and revive him.
When those efforts failed, they pronounced the father dead but told his son Lawrence, 17, he could say goodbye.
But the son wouldn't hear it.
"I pointed at him and said, 'dad you're not going to die today.'"
And that's when the miracle happened.
Within moments, Tony Yahle's heart was beating again and, after five days in a coma, the patient came to with no recollection of how he cheated death.
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