Throughout my time volunteering on a search and rescue team, we encountered many situations with lost people. Some of the scariest stories were when someone went missing in the cold. All statistics are changed when you’re lost in cold weather. Your time of survival drops dramatically, and that’s just for adults…children are even worse.

In a horrifying event, a 22-month-old from Pennsylvania was playing with his brothers when he broke through some ice and got swept under by the current. The brothers tried to help their young sibling but were forced to leave and call the authorities.

A neighbor spotted the little boy about a quarter-mile downstream. He was caught up in a tree branch as the water rushed all around him. Within seconds, EMT’s arrived but found no pulse. But these EMT’s remembered the famous adage, you aren’t dead until you’re warm and dead. This line refers to the fact that the cold can actually preserve your life.

Medical person would continue CPR nonstop for the next 101 minutes. They performed it in the ambulance, in the community hospital, in the helicopter, and then in the emergency room. The child’s temperature was 77 degrees when he arrived in the emergency room. That’s 20 degrees below normal.

It turns out that the hypothermia slowed his body and organs, which in turn guarded him from cardiac arrest. It’s almost like putting someone in a coma. After an hour and 41 minutes, emergency responders were able to fully revive the boy with almost no lingering effects.

“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,” said Dr. Frank Maffei, the director of the pediatric intensive care unit.

Thank God for these emergency medical responders who didn’t give up. Even when it didn’t look good they continued to exhaustion.

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