When Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest, rescuers took him to a place known for bringing the dead back to life. A world-renowned surgeon at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has pioneered a way to revive people that most doctors would have long written off, including a woman whose heart had stopped for two hours.
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Tested on a few dozen cardiac arrest patients, 80% survived. Usually, more than 80% perish.
Could Jackson, too, have been saved?
It's impossible to know. Doctors at the hospital worked on him for an hour using the procedure. The UCLA expert, cardiothoracic surgeon Gerald Buckberg, says he was not personally involved in Jackson's treatment, and that too little is known about what preceded it.
Buckberg's method requires prompt CPR to maintain blood pressure until the patient gets to a hospital; use of a heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen moving through the body while doctors remedy what caused the heart to quiver or stop in the first place; and special procedures and medicines to gradually restore blood and oxygen flow, so a sudden gush does not cause fresh damage.
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