An Australian mother of two has a technology breakthrough to thank for the gift of life today. She was brought back to the land of the living after being clinically dead for 42 minutes.

It began when family members rushed Vanessa Tanasio, 41,  to the hospital after she suffered a heart attack. However, doctors at the medical facility pronounced her dead upon arrivel. That wouldn't be the end for Tanasio, though, because doctors quickly brought out a new high-tech CPR machine called "Thumper" to save the day ... and Tanasio's life.

Thumper kept blood flowing to Tanasio's brain so that doctors could then shock her heart back into a normal rhythm.