Dead Officer Goes Back To Work

January 27, 2009

South Carolina (ChattahBox) – A police officer who died of a heart attack is back to work, after making a miraculous recovery that caused him to flatline twice.

Ken Kirby, a 52-year-old member of the SCPD, was brought into the hospital after a massive heart attack. Doctors rushed to save him, but after flatlining twice, they believed he was gone for good. They alerted the family of the sad news.

“They came to us to say, ‘We’re sorry, but we can’t get a pulse back, he’s gone,’ ” Mathew Kirby, Ken’s son, said.

His wife went in to say goodbye for the final time. “I walk into this room, and they are still doing compressions and bagging just for my sake,” she remembered.

“He’s purple and black from head to toe, and swollen.”

But a nurse happened to notice something odd as she stood there by the dead man’s bed…a slight pulse had begun. Doctors rushed over to verify, and an ultrasound made it official: Kirby was alive once again.

Doctors rushed him into surgery, and an hour after it had been completed, Kirby was awake, smiling, and perfectly fine.

“God had his hand in it,” Kirby explained.

Still, the chances of Kirby’s being able to keep him alive weren’t good and he needed to be rushed to a bigger hospital facility in Greenville for surgery. Doctors operated on the main artery to Kirby’s heart, which had a 93 percent blockage. And just one hour after surgery, the man who had been pronounced dead was sitting up in his hospital bed and greeting his family.

Kirby says he is making the most of his second chance at life. He’s kicked his cigarette habit and cut down on his large intake of caffeine. Today Kirby is slowly easing back into work.


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