From the New York Daily News
There’s no place like home.
Miracle dad Joseph Tiralosi broke down in tears as he described what it felt like to be home with his family Wednesday – two weeks after he was raised from the dead.
“There’s nothing like it, nothing better,” Tiralosi, 56, said, his eyes welling with tears.
The Brooklyn chauffeur, who miraculously survived after his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes, then locked eyes with his daughter, Christina, 19.
“They are my life,” he said of his family.
Tiralosi expressed his joy the day after spending his first night home since his extraordinary ordeal.
The married father of two went into sudden cardiac arrest Aug. 17 inside the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.
A team of doctors worked feverishly to revive Tiralosi as precious minutes ticked by.
It wasn’t until 45 minutes had passed that doctors finally succeeded in getting his heart beating again.
Perhaps even more incredible, Tiralosi survived the episode without suffering brain damage.
“It’s been a life-changing experience,” Tiralosi said inside his Gravesend home.
“I appreciate a lot more now because I realize how close I was to losing it all.”
Tiralosi, after a restful night of sleep, chowed down on a breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries.
Much of his afternoon was spent taking phone calls from family and friends. He also made sure to get some exercise, gingerly walking around his tidy rowhouse.
At lunchtime, Tiralosi experienced one of the real joys of being home: He feasted on homemade chicken cacciatore.
“I feel stronger than yesterday,” Tiralosi, wearing navy pajamas and black slippers, said.
“Every day a little stronger – baby steps, you know what I mean. That’s how it’s going to be.”
Tiralosi will begin physical rehabilitation soon. In the meantime, family members said, they’re savoring the return of their courageous patriarch.
“I’m just so happy to have him back,” Tiralosi’s wife, Janet, said. “I can’t tell you how I feel.”
Joseph Tiralosi, for his part, said he’s still coming to grips with his stunning recovery.
“I’ve come a long way,” Tiralosi said. “I’ve been to hell to heaven and back. It’s great that I’m finally back home.”