ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that 2.5 million people die in the United States each year.
But what if some of them didn’t have to?
A critical care physician at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York claims that in the future they will be able to bring the deceased back to life up to one full day after their demise.
Dr. Sam Parnia told the German magazine Spiegel that “we will likely get better at reversing death” as time goes on and medical science continues to develop.
“With today’s medicine, we can bring people back to life up to one, maybe two hours, sometimes even longer, after their heart stopped beating and they have thus died by circulatory failure,” he was additionally quoted as saying to the magazine by News Corp Australia.
Parnia cited research that indicates the existence continued brain activity well after a person’s body has died while discussing his new book, “Erasing Death.” He did stipulate that success “depends on what caused the person to die, [and] what caused his cardiac arrest.”
But Parnia then further asserted to Spiegel that doctors would be able to bring back patients now by using existing knowledge of cardiac arrest patients on those who have passed, and claimed that “[m]ost hospitals have not fully implemented all their findings.”
He further explained that proper use of these practices, combined with the potential development of drugs administered by injection that would slow the degeneration and death of brain cells as we as cells in other organs, could create the possibility for bringing people back to life hours after their deaths.
“In the future, we will likely get better at reversing death,” Parnia stated. “It is possible that in 20 years, we may be able to restore people to life 12 hours or maybe even 24 hours after they have died.”
He added, “You could call that resurrection, if you will. But I still call it resuscitation science.”