Alistair Blake: Man Who Died For 90 Mins Reveals What He Saw

A man who says he was "technically dead" for 90 minutes has spoken out about the ordeal.
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Speaking on's podcast I've Got News For You, Alistair Blake - a 61-year-old man from Victoria, Australia - recalled a serious medical episode he endured, where his heart stopped for an hour and a half while he was sleeping next to his wife Melinda.

Melinda had woken up to Alistair making noises at about 3:00 AM, with her husband explaining on the podcast: "She’s a light sleeper and woke to me gurgling. She grabbed her mobile phone and dialled triple-0 to get a hold of the ambulance and they instructed her to take me off the bed to be able to do CPR.

"She did CPR for 20 minutes … then the paramedics turned up. They did CPR and hit me with the defib. Apparently, it was something in excess of 10 to 12 times."

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The emergency services were called but when they arrived, Alistair's chances weren't looking good and Melinda was told he would likely not survive.

For a whole 90 minutes, paramedics worked painstakingly to restart their patient's heart, and just when everyone had lost all hope, they managed to find a pulse.

Almost a week after the incident, Alistair woke up at Frankston Hospital with no signs of a brain injury. Deeming it a miracle, the team who treated him nicknamed him "Lazarus" - the man who was raised from the dead.

Alistair told I’ve Got News For You that he can't recall much from the near-death experience.

He said: “I remember going to bed on the Saturday night – and the next thing I remember was waking up Thursday morning on a trolley going from ICU to coronary care. The human brain has totally blocked out what happened in between.

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"A lot of people ask me if I saw anything, and no, I did not see anything,” he added. “No bright lights, nothing like that whatsoever."

While Alistair did not see anything, many people who've had similar experiences recalled seeing a "white light".

Patrick Steele, who is a Palliative Care Consultant from Palliative Care South East, explained on the podcast why this is.

He said: "From a spiritual perspective, some people believe that the bright light is a glimpse into the afterlife or a sign that consciousness is leaving the brain. From a psychologist’s perspective, some say it’s more of a defensive mechanism or some say it’s a flashback to earlier memories.

"From a medical perspective – and the one that I adhere to most – is that it’s more of a change in how our body is functioning, particularly the brain. The brain, as you know, needs a lot of oxygen and blood supply to do its job effectively. Whenever that oxygenation is cut off, the brain doesn’t act normally."

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