WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio — A man who was declared dead this month when his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes suddenly revived, said his stunned doctors, who can’t find an explanation. The man credits his faith.

Tony Yahle was taken to Kettering Medical Center near his home after his wife, Melissa, a nurse, awoke and noticed his breathing sounded strange.

She was unable to wake him and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. First responders found a heartbeat and he remained stable until the afternoon, when his heart stopped.

Yahle, a diesel mechanic, was being prepared by nurses to be seen by his family Aug. 5 when he began to show signs of life, doctors said. He woke up completely at the hospital five days later, they said.

Save 75% on a Digital Subscription Today

Yahle, 37, of West Carrollton, outside Dayton, has been a topic of conversation since, said his cardiologist, Dr. Raja Nazir.

“In the last 20 years, I’ve never seen anybody who we have pronounced dead … and then for him to come back, I’ve never seen it,” Nazir told the Dayton Daily News. “Actually, I’ve never heard of it.”

Yahle said doctors couldn’t find any defects in his heart. He said doctors’ last guess was that it was all the result of a possible viral infection.

Yahle’s son, Lawrence Yahle, 18, said he spoke to his father shortly before he revived.

“I pointed at him and said: ‘Dad, you’re not going to die today,’” he said. “I stood there for a few more seconds. I was about to walk back to comfort the family, and that’s when he started showing signs of a heartbeat.”