Cheating Death

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN, talks about incredible medical advances that have made it possible for doctors to save patients’ lives. His latest book, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that are Saving Lives Against All Odds, draws on real-life stories, the latest medical research, and the work of pioneering physicians.

A companion documentary, "Another Day: Cheating Death," will debut on CNN on Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, at 8:00 pm, 11:00 pm, and 2:00 am.

Event: Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Dr. Gail Saltz and will be signing books
Monday, October 12, at 8:00 pm
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Comments [16]

Rebecca Smith from Rock Hill, SC

My first time show Scientist man is wrong eyes brain thing. My out of body expeience I was Blessed to see 45 seconds heaven. Around 20 yrs old, uspet couldnt sleep. Lying on my back. Trying to lift my arms legs or just move I couldn't budge, heavy feeling my body as my light spirit left my body through a tunnel of light with feelings of love peace kept pulling me. I kept going. I wanted what was drawing me to it. It like it took minutes to flow freely peacefully I wanted to go. An unfamiliar male voice saying to me go back Becky go back not your time. Repeatedly, I kept going. Reached golden gates wide open waiting for me.I wanted to go badly. I saw a peak of beautiful,Loving, peaceful a wonderful smell heaven. Colors never seen, water flowing from the beautiful greenery surrounded by beautiful colored flowers. Looks of flowing melted diamonds. Spirit slammed in body. Jumped panic not knowing what happened. I thought I died. I closer to Jesus yearn for him. A blessed gift from God. Honestly dying is the most beautiful thing ever happen to us. Miss loved ones if they Believe they won't want come back. Is Life after! Glad end days. Wonderful go together. God Bless everyone!

Oct. 17 2009 10:45 PM
al giovannini from burlington, Ontario

Great show.

I want to get a copy of it to show my students.
Fantastic theme "Never Give Up"

How do I get a Copy?

Oct. 17 2009 09:07 PM
Joe from NY, NY

First, let me say I object to using the oxymoron "medical miracles", because by definition, if it is medical, it is NOT miraculous. Miracles defy the laws of science, but medicine abides by those laws.

It seems to me that ultimately, medical science will conclude that there is such a thing as a spirit - an animating force - which inhabits a body. And that the spirit's decision to vacate, and then re-inhabit that body is, at least in part, a function of how hospitable the body is. That decision - to re-inhabit or not - is entirely up to the spirit. All the medical profession can do is make the body as hospitable a place as they can - reduce pain, treat pathology, amputate gangrenous limb, de-toxify for example - but once the body is made stable, the decision to reanimate is up to the spirit. If the spirit has moved on, there's nothing the medical profession can do to bring it back.

So it is an illusion - and hubris - that leads the medical profession to conclude that life and death is entirely a function of what they do, or don't do, for the body. They can try to make a more inviting body by reversing trauma - but they can't bind a spirit to its body against its own will. There will never be a simple, single universal index of what measures "death". If everything has been done to stabilize a body, but it refuses to breath on its own, Elvis has left the building.

Oct. 12 2009 03:51 PM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

His story of the doctor reminds me of Terry Schiavo.

Oct. 12 2009 01:07 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The other side to rem's [4]: How do you "suspend" someone under battlefield conditions? What kind of equipment & training does this require?

Oct. 12 2009 12:43 PM


What will the vegens eat when we discover that plants have feelings?

Oct. 12 2009 12:41 PM

To latch onto Nick's train of thought, who IS going to pay for all these wonderful new procedures?

Oct. 12 2009 12:39 PM
Steve from Brooklyn

Could you comment on the case of Kevin Everett? He was a pro football player who suffered a serious spinal injury on the field and received ice saline in his veins. Later, he recovered.

Oct. 12 2009 12:38 PM
Lance from DC

This discussion suggests that we human beings are more similar to some of the plants in our refrigerators than we might have previously thought.

All of the cells in the plants don't necessarily die the moment the plants are pulled from the ground. If provided with a source of hydration and cool temperatures, they can sometimes survive for days or weeks. And the root vegetables can even sprout anew.

Oct. 12 2009 12:38 PM
Cw Malone

Can people be "worked on" in suspended animation?

Oct. 12 2009 12:35 PM
Nick from NYC

So... are any of these life-extending procedures covered by insurance? What if you have none? Please ask your guest.

Oct. 12 2009 12:34 PM

Has he looked at the tetrodotoxin made famous by Wade Davis who researched use of puffer fish poison by voodoo practitioners to temporarily stop vital signs.

Oct. 12 2009 12:33 PM
rem from manhattan

Dr. Gupta gave the example of suspending someone at the battlefield, getting him to a hospital and then the health care team "re-animates him." Just what do they do to re-animate him? What is the process for that?

Oct. 12 2009 12:32 PM
robert coles from port washington ny

Dr gupta said to call 911 then to do cpr: NO! Ask someone to call 911 with the corr3ect location while you are already working CPR !!!

Oct. 12 2009 12:25 PM
sean hedderich from harlem

Reminds me of that scene in The Abyss when Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ed Harris are trapped in a submersible in freezing water with only one scuba suit, and she bravely suggests that he wear the suit and allow her to slip into hypothermia and clinically die. The plan works and he revives her several minutes after they swim to the larger sub.

Oct. 12 2009 12:16 PM
Mary Hunt from East Village

My father had a x-country skiing accident and the doctors claimed that the snow saved him because it took a long time to get a helicopter to the scene.

However, 40 years later, he has dementia that indicates a traumatic brain damage.

Oct. 12 2009 12:14 PM

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