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A man who was dead for 'several minutes' says what he saw during that time is 'not what you think' before doctors were able to bring him back to life.
Norberto Di Natale, 64, contracted Covid-19 in October last year and was taken into hospital but discharged one week later.
However, Norberto, from Pergamino in Buenos Aires, was forced to return to hospital after suffering from a high fever.
The mechanic, who received plasma therapy, saw fellow Covid-19 patients die around him.
He told newspaper Infobae: "One person dies on Friday, another dies on Saturday, there is no three without two. Now it's my turn, I presume."
He became critically ill and was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia before medics decided to place him in an induced coma and intubate him.
He was so poorly that at one point doctors told his family his condition had 'unfortunately worsened and the only thing left to do was pray'.
Norberto was moved to a specialist coronavirus ward and one day was lying there listen to his heartbeats, which he said kept 'slowing down' until 'it went tick and nothing more'.
Talking about the experience, he said: "I have heard many people say there is a light at the end of a tunnel... I saw exactly the same thing.
"What I heard about so many times on television, I saw the exact same thing.
"It's something you wouldn't believe, but that is the way it is. And it is not what you think happens. It's very shocking."
Norberto said he was 'dead for several minutes' before doctors were able to 'miraculously' bring him back to life.
He was later released from hospital to continue his recovery at home, but says he is still not back up to full health.
Norberto lost an incredible 20kg (44lbs) during the three to four months he spent receiving medical care which left him weaker with reduced mobility.
However, he said he is trying to get back into shape as he waits to get his vaccine.
Norberto added: "I want to thank the clinic very much for what they have done, which is superhuman.
"They have done everything, not only for me but also for the people that died next to me."
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