When 17-year-old Lawrence Yahle learned his father was dead earlier this month at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio, he ran down the hall to see nurses around his father's body. They weren't trying to revive him anymore.
Distraught, Lawrence pointed and shouted, "Dad, you're not going to die today."
Moments later, Anthony Yahle's heart monitor showed signs of life, Dr. Raja Nazir, his cardiologist at Kettering Medical Center, told ABCNews.com. It wasn't a regular heart beat, but once or twice a minute, the monitor would pick up tiny electrical movements.
"When I looked at the electrical activity, I was surprised," Nazir said. "I thought we'd better make another effort to revive him."
Nazir gave one of Yahle's hanging medicine bags a squeeze to restore his blood pressure and the team began working on him again.
"Very slowly, the heart rate was picking up," Nazir said.
That was more than a week ago, on Aug. 5. Doctors thought Yahle, a 37-year-old diesel mechanic, would need a heart transplant or be in a vegetative state the rest of his life, but he's home resting and seems fine.
"I'm calling it a miracle because I've never seen anything like it," Nazir said.