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12 April 2010, JellyBean @ 6:23 am

A three-year-old German boy who was brought back to life after his heart stopped for three hours claims he met his grandmother in heaven.

The boy, identified in media reports only as Paul, was playing on his own beside a lake at his grandfather’s property in Brandenburg when he fell in, the Bild newspaper reports.

Paul’s grandfather found his body in the water a short time later and the youngster was rushed to Helios Hospital via helicopter.

Four doctors attempted to resuscitate Paul for three hours and 18 minutes and were about to stop when his heart suddenly began beating.

It is believed the cold water in the lake caused Paul’s body temperature to drop to 28C — nine degrees below the normal 37C — which slowed his metabolism and allowed his body to survive with little oxygen.

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