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After a full hour and 41 minutes of CPR the boy Gardell Martin successfully revived.
Martin fell in the stream near his family home when he was playing with his brothers.
“It’s not only extraordinarily rare that we got the kid back, but what’s even more extraordinary is the rate at which he recovered and the completeness of his recovery,” Dr. Frank Maffei, director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, where Martin was treated.
“The stars and moon aligned, and he had an angel on his shoulder.”
Now the question is how could the boy survived without breathing for so long, the doctors gave an answer to this saying that martin suffered with hypothermia in icy stream and this helped his body from going into cardiac arrest.
Hypothermia can protect the organs because it lowers the body’s need for oxygen and this limits the release of toxins which may cause cell death.
The neighbor discovered the boy in the stream. Emergency workers began CPR immediately. When martin arrived at the hospital his temperature was 77 degrees way lower than the normal temperature which is 98.6 degree. He had no pulse but faint cardiac activity was detected.
To recover his body temperature blankets and fluids were used and this slowly raised the temperature to 90 degree, the boy was put on the ventilator and within hours he opened his eyes. Five days later the boy was released.