Drowned Man Comes
Back to Life
with No Negative Side
after Having No Pulse for
Neumann (January 19, 2008)
happened to Mr Deeks is remarkable. For him to recover so quickly and
with no obvious medical problems is a miracle—something I've never seen
British man John Deeks is one of those rare human beings who can say he
was "raised from the dead."
Deeks was swimming off the coast of Cape Town this week when a "shark
spotter" saw his body floating lifelessly in the surf. Two bather's
reportedly brought his body to shore and a doctor, who happened to be
there, began giving Deeks mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Nevertheless,
paramedics didn't arrive til about 15 minutes later and although they
used advanced techniques to revive him, all-in-all Deeks was without a
pulse for up to an hour.
According to a report in the Daily Mail,
Deeks does not recall what happened to him but believes a large wave
knocked him out. "It's a miracle I survived...Maybe my time just wasn't
Doctors at Victoria Hospital were
reportedly surprised as well. Cape Medical Rescue operations manager, a
Mr. Zimmerman, was quoted as saying that only five per cent of those
given cardiopulmonary resuscitation survive.
"Most of those who survive end up with neurological problems,
difficulties with speech or more serious problems. Some survive for a
week or two and then die. What happened to Mr Deeks is remarkable. For
him to recover so quickly and with no obvious medical problems is a
miracle—something I've never seen before."
Mr Deeks' mother Diana, said, "It seems everything was in place for a
If the doctor hadn't been there, or the shark spotter, he wouldn't be
Though Deeks' miracle begs the universal question of why he was spared
death when others aren't, ultimately it comes down to the fact that
God's ways are not our ways.
- The Daily Mail