An elderly man in Australia was brought back to life by paramedics, 90 minutes after his heart stopped.

Speaking to the Herald Sun on Sunday, Melinda, the wife of 60-year-old Alistair Blake, said she found her husband cold and unresponsive in the middle of the night when she got up to use the washroom. She immediately informed the paramedics and began performing CPR.

Recalling the incident, she said, “I knew he was dying, that we were in trouble and I was on my own down at the beach house. When he was dying on the floor I was saying to him ‘c’mon, c’mon, you have to be a pa, you have to be around.'”

Paramedics arrived at the home and gave the man eight shocks from a defibrillator. However, their efforts seemed pointless. Just when Blake’s wife acknowledged that her "husband was dead,” a miracle took place. Blake’s pulse was detected and the paramedics saw shaking in his chest. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital after his beat was stabilized by the paramedics. Blake underwent an emergency surgery at the hospital in order to open a blocked artery. He was discharged the following day. The incident took place last year and Blake has since shown remarkable improvement.

Professor Ravi Tiruvoipati from Frankston Hospital said, “In Alistair’s case he was dead for nearly one hour and 30 minutes -- him surviving to this extent is remarkable.”

Professor Jamie Layland said, “This is a guy that by all accounts should be dead but he’s alive and has made a miraculous recovery. I actually nicknamed him Lazarus because literally he was dead and they were just about to pull out and stop treating him. In those few minutes he came back.”

In this photo, an ambulance transporting a patient is reflected in the window of another ambulance at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Oct. 9, 2008. David McNew/Getty Images