Flatlining for 45 minutes: Now Barry is back from the dead

Sue Tate, with husband Barry Tate who flatlined for 45 minutes and was revived with the fifth electric body shock.
Sue Tate, with husband Barry Tate who flatlined for 45 minutes and was revived with the fifth electric body shock.

MEDICAL miracle Barry Tate came back from the dead 45 MINUTES after collapsing with a heart attack.

The 48-year-old, of Brickfield Lane, Holmfield, Halifax, has stunned doctors with his remarkable recovery since “dying” on the floor at work and spending a week in a coma.

He can now walk, talk, eat and crack jokes – despite doctors warning his devastated wife Sue that, at best, he may survive but with significant brain damage.

But Mrs Tate said: “He is an absolutely miracle. It just wasn’t his time to go.”

Mr Tate had complained of indigestion and a burning in his chest while getting ready for work on October 31.

It is now thought this was the beginning of a heart attack – yet he still cycled eight miles to work as a warehouse manager in Elland.

He collapsed 10 minutes after arriving. His heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing.

Two first-aiders rushed to perform CPR until the emergency responder and then paramedics arrived.

Over the next 45 minutes, paramedics used a defibrillator to repeatedly shock his heart into restarting.

They found a weak pulse on the fifth attempt – by which time Mrs Tate had arrived.

“Apparently I was screaming. He must have heard me screaming, and that’s what made him come back,” she said.

Paramedics kept up with CPR on the way to Calderdale Royal Hospital where staff in A&E took over.

Despite a risk he may not make the journey, Mr Tate was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary’s intensive care unit where he was put in a medically-induced coma.

Doctors tried time and time again to bring Mr Tate out of the coma over the next seven days. But each time his brain failed to work.

“I just felt utter despair. I didn’t think he was coming back. I was terrified. The staff had to prepare me mentally because of the lack of oxygen to his brain.

“Even though he had CPR for 45 minutes, there’s not enough oxygen in that to keep his brain going.

“That week, every time I woke up, I had subconsciously been planning a funeral. It was absolutely horrendous,” she said.

But on the sixth attempt, Mr Tate astounded medical staff and awoke.

He then gave his wife a “lovely smile”, reducing nurses to tears.

Mrs Tate said: “I swear I’ve never had a feeling like it. It was the most amazing feeling. It was the happiest emotion I’ve ever felt in my life.

“All the staff said it was a miracle. They were amazed by Barry’s strength and fight.”

Barry had been a fit and active man, walking the dog twice a day, cycling 15 miles and going to the gym twice a week.

His recovery is ongoing. His speech is sometimes a little slurred and he has short-term memory problems, but is improving with each day.

Mrs Tate said: “It was all just a massive shock. But with a happy ending.

“I 100 per cent believe he will make a full recovery. We will get there, slowly but surely. It’s great to just get Barry home and be together.

“I’m so thankful to the medical staff and everyone who helped him. They’re his guardian angels.

“Barry is such a remarkable man. I’m so proud of him. I love him so much and I’m so thankful that he did fight to come back.”