Sep 2, 2009

Man survives after heart stopped for 45 minutes

A Brooklyn man is recovering after doctors said his heart had stopped beating for 45 minutes.

Joseph Tiralosi was released from the hospital Tuesday.

He had gone to the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center on Aug. 17 because he wasn't feeling well. Within minutes of his arrival, he collapsed and his heart stopped beating.

Doctors kept his body cold while they removed a clot and Tiralosi's heart started working normally.

Doctors say he lived through the episode without incurring any brain damage.