Mother-of-two Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was rushed to hospital in Melbourne after suffering a major heart attack at her home in the suburb of Narre Warren.
Paramedics tried desperately to revive her in the ambulance but on arrival at the Monash Heart Hospital she was declared clinically dead.
But today Mrs Tanasio was sitting up in her hospital bed smiling and chatting to her mother Virginia and children Ella,, 11, and Max, 9, who had come to visit.
Mrs Tanasio, described by Australian media as a ‘miracle patient’, owes her life to a high-tech machine that kept blood flowing to her brain.
With her brain continuing to function thanks to the Â£10,000 device called LUCAS2, surgeons were able to perform emergency treatment on her heart and return it to a normal rhythm.
‘I feel excellent, ‘ Mrs Tanasio said in a brief telephone interview from hospital.
‘For someone who has been dead for nearly an hour I am feeling tremendously well.’Â Â Â A saleswoman with an earth-moving company, Mrs Tanasio said she had not previously been troubled with heart problems.