The Postman Who Died For 21 Minutes Before Coming Back To Life

A postman has been dubbed 'The Miracle Man' after he came back to life nearly half an hour after suffering a heart attack that left him presumed dead.

You see, around ten years ago Joao Araujo had a heart attack, was thought to have died, but then made a miraculous recovery whilst he was being wheeled to the morgue.

Medical professionals are completely baffled as to how he managed to pull himself back from the brink, and then leave hospital just three weeks later.

According to the team who treated him, there is just no solid explanation for his recovery.

Now, 10 years on from his ridiculous recovery, he has finally opened up about it.

Mr Araujo with his medical letters. Credit: SWNS
Mr Araujo with his medical letters. Credit: SWNS

Oh, before we get into that, this incident wasn't even the first time that the 38-year-old Royal Mail employee has cheated death.

In fact, he was in an horrific car crash and lost 90 percent of the blood in his body. Doctors gave him a tiny chance of survival, and an even slimmer chance of walking or regaining use of his limbs again.

Despite that, he came through an operation and got back on his feet again.

Basically, on 18 April 2009, Mr Araujo was driving his car off his driveway outside the home he shares with his wife when he went into cardiac arrest.

His wife Grazielle saw him clench his fists on the car steering wheel as his eyes rolled back in his head. She even had to force her mobile phone into his mouth in an attempt to stop her husband from swallowing his tongue.

Joao Araujo with his two daughters. Credit: SWNS
Joao Araujo with his two daughters. Credit: SWNS

She then called an ambulance and he was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Staff there did everything that they could to save his life, but he was pronounced dead.

Well, Joao wasn't having that.

On the way from the intensive care unit to the mortuary, he moved. That's a whole 21 minutes later.

He was in a coma for three days but managed to escape brain damage.

Here's what he has to say about it: "When I was at the hospital, they had no explanation for my problem so people started calling me the 'Miracle Man'."

Araujo didn't remember anything for a long while, but he soon improved. Seven doctors told him they had no idea what went on.

They did, however, fit a device to help if his heart ever stops again. The prevailing theory is that his brain sent an incorrect message to his heart - if that makes any sense.

He's been dubbed 'The Miracle Man'. Credit: SWNS
He's been dubbed 'The Miracle Man'. Credit: SWNS

He continued: "Unlike everything else in the body below the eyes, they said that the brain is a mystery, it's like a Pandora's Box.

"They did not have the knowledge to know the reason behind what happened."

So, they sent him home.

Now, despite having six monthly check-ups, he is back to normal.

He added: "Every time I go back, the nurses and the people who work there go, 'The Miracle Man is back!' Even people I don't know or recognise from different areas of the hospital say, 'It's the Miracle Man! Everybody knows you, you are famous!'

"It changed me.

"I give more value to all the things every day. Every single day. I say thank you that I am alive, I say thank you that I have a job. I give more value to my family and my friends."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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