Mandan man experiences "Back to Life" miracle

MANDAN, N.D. - Second chances don't come around often.

A Mandan man became hypothermic after falling on a rock and breaking his ribs. He was dead for over an hour, yet he lived to tell his story.

Sixty-one-year-old Kurt Sabot had nine broken ribs. He was unable to move and was outside in the cold for five hours before someone found him.

Doctors say he didn't have a heartbeat but they did everything they could to bring him back.

Miracles happen inside these four walls often.

Sabot was one of those last October after being not without a heart beat for more than hour and doctors fighting to bring him back.

"There's a saying that you're not dead until you're warm and dead," said Dr. Sean Russell, a Cardiovascular Surgeon at Sanford.

Russell says Sabot was put on a heart and lung machine. It takes the blood out of the body and warms it up.

"With Mr. Sabot it was amazing. We got his temperature up to 97 degrees. His heart started beating and then his heart took over. We just wind him off the heart lung machine and his body did the rest," said Russell.

Sabot says "grateful" doesn't even begin to describe how he feels.

"He knows, he's a good a doctor. I've heard from so many people that I couldn't have has a better one," said Sabot.

He was put on a breathing machine for several days and doesn't remember four days at the hospital.

"Not too often you hear of a second chance, but I got one," said Sabot.

Russell says cases like this happen only a handful of times a year.

Russell says part of the reason Sabot was able to be brought back was thanks to paramedics who continued to give him CPR and keep his heart working.

As for Sabot, he says he's going back to enjoying retirement. His next stop is Mexico.