On Sept. 23, 2005, Jim Wick and his wife, Roberta, were heading home to Phoenix aboard an America West flight from Orlando, where Wick, a board member of the National Safety Council, had attended one of the organization's events. "One minute, I was drinking a ginger ale and reading, and the next minute I was out," he says. He recalls feeling no pain, no warning -- no symptoms of any kind. And because he was unconscious, he doesn't recall dying. But Wick was, in fact, clinically dead. His ...

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