"I feel reborn," 62-year-old Uri Ossi said after surviving 25 cardiac arrests in three hours during emergency surgery for a heart attack.
Ossi arrived at Poriah Hospital near Tiberias suffering from a severe heart attack and was taken into surgery for a cardiac catheterization. During surgery, Ossi went through 25 episodes of cardiac arrest and required numerous defibrillations.
The medical team's fight for Ossi's life ended in success. "We saved his life and he returned to functioning fully without neurological damage and with heart muscle at nearly full functionality. The operating team displayed professionalism and expertise, but even more than that this was a medical miracle," Poriah Hospital Cardiology Department head Dr. Ofer Amir said on Sunday.
When Ossi arrived at the hospital, doctors saw he was suffering from a myriad of symptoms: clogged coronary artery, cardiogenic shock, low blood pressure and arrhythmia. Senior cardiologist at Poriah Dr. Daud Karawani described Ossi's battle on the operating table: "During the cardiac catheterization there were no less than 25 episodes of cardiac arrest. The patient required more than 25 defibrillations. It was very out of the ordinary. Usually we overcome cardiac arrest with one defibrillation attempt. We saw he was weathering a storm of electrical activity and arrhythmia, which persisted despite numerous defibrillations and intense medical treatment."
"This patient went through all possible emergency life saving operations during his cardiac catheterization. [The medical team] fought for his life for hours, all cardiological teams were brought into the [operating] room. We worked together while dealing with continuous revival attempts, life threatening arrhythmia, defibrillations, heart massage and intubation. Throughout my and my colleagues' long careers we have never encountered such a succession of cardiac episodes in a row, and all in three hours time," Amir said.
Ossi was released home on Sunday and reported feeling well. "I celebrated my 62nd birthday at the [cardiology] department and really felt that I was given the gift of life. My wife, four children and two grandchildren are as happy as I am and have nothing but thanks for my creator who watched over me, and of course the doctors and medical team for their treatment and dedication and giving me an incredible birthday present, the gift of a lifetime," Ossi said.