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A bushwalker who got lost overnight in a US national park has miraculously lived to tell the tale despite his heart stopping for 45 minutes.

The Seattle Times reports Michael Knapinski, 45, was found by rescue crews after getting lost at Mount Rainier in Washington State amid freezing conditions on November 7.

Mr Knapinski was a regular bushwalkr, who set off for the adventure on the snowy volcano with a friend.

The man was flown to a Seattle hospital, but when he arrived his heart stopping beating.
"He died while he was in the ER," Dr Jenelle Badulak told The Seattle Times.

Mr Knapinski 'died' for 45 minutes, while medical teams performed emergency CPR and hooked him up to a extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumped his blood into the machine and back inside him after removing the carbon dioxide.

In an astonishing recovery, his heart restarted and two days later, he woke up.

The medical team spent the entire night by his side once his heart started beating again.

Trauma nurse Whitney Holen was beside him when he woke up, telling The Seattle Times this moment would forever be a career highlight in her 12-years at the hospital.

"He was crying and they were crying, and I'm fairly sure I cried a little bit," she said.

"It was just really special to see someone that we had worked so hard on from start to finish to then wake up that dramatically and that impressively."

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