Baby survives drowning

by ARIANA GOMEZ

Staff Writer

baby survives drowning- Ariana

On March 11, 2015, a 22 month old toddler was revived by CPR after having no pulse for almost two hours. Near Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, 22 month old, Gardell Martin was wandering with his two slightly older brothers on their family’s five acre property, when he fell into a stream, and was taken by the current. His seven year old brother immediately ran inside and screamed that he could not find Gardell. The kids’ mother, Rose Martin, began to search the property, but after finding nothing, she realized her son had fallen into the stream. Rose called 911 while her two teenage daughters began looking for Gardell in the stream. Gardell was found nearly a quarter-mile away by a neighbor. A few moments later, the ambulance arrived, and when they found no pulse, they began CPR. They continued resuscitation for 101 minutes in the ambulance, at a community hospital, aboard a medical helicopter, and finally in the emergency room inside the pediatric wing at Geisinger Medical Center. They found out that Gardell’s body temperature was at 77 degrees fahrenheit, 21.6 degrees under the normal temperature. Gardell’s hypothermia had actually affected him in a positive way. It slowed his metabolism and gave his organs protection and prevented him from going into cardiac arrest. The team of about 30 nurses who were working to save Gardell kept the CPR going and continued to warm up his body for 101 minutes before they detected a pulse and had his temperature at 82 degrees.Gardell’s heart restarted and a few hours later, he regained consciousness and his brain was fully functionable. “It was an act of God,” said his grateful mother, Rose Martin. “There is no doubt in my mind it’s a miracle. God had the right people in the right place at the right time and they all did a wonderful job”. Gardell was released from the hospital March 15, 2015 with no injuries or health issues

 

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