Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Dead for an Hour; Brought Back after Heart Stops for 70 Minutes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Dead for an Hour; Brought Back after Heart Stops for 70 Minutes

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Byline: KATIE DAVIES

MIRACLE man David Binks came back from the dead - after an astonishing 70 minutes.

The new dad's quick-thinking partner Lynette Crozier saved him when his heart stopped beating for one hour and 10 minutes.

The rescue started when David went into cardiac arrest at his home in Houghton-le-Spring In a desperate bid to revive him, Lynette began CPR, which medics say saved David.

Paramedics and then hospital staff continued the resuscitation and shocked him 16 times before his heartbeat returned.

Today, as David, a former groundsman recovers at home, his family have told of the rescue, on March 10.

Mum-of-one Lynette, 22, a former care worker, said: "David was asleep next to me but I woke up and he was gasping for breath and wasn't responding.

I just started shaking him.

I knew he had stopped breathing and his heart wasn't beating and I just called for an ambulance.

"I started doing CPR and chest compressions until the ambulance got there. It was only for about three minutes but it felt like a lifetime. Our little girl was shouting for her daddy.

"I just thought that was it. I thought we'd lost him. It wasn't until he got to the hospital that we got him back."

Following the attack David spent five days on a ventilator in the intensive care unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital before spending a further 11 days on a ward and two days at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

His family, including his two little girls Georgia, seven, and Ella, one, were told to brace themselves for the worst as it was extremely likely David would be left brain damaged.

But the dad-of-two amazed medics with his recovery.

Lynette said: "They said that if David was to wake up he would suffer brain damage but they didn't know what the extent would be because he was out for so long. I just couldn't believe it when he woke up. He's been so lucky."

Despite undergoing a series of tests at the Freeman it is not known what caused his heart to stop.

However David has since been told his case was similar to Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during the Spurs-Bolton match last year. …

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