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Toddler Makes Miraculous Recovery After Two Hours Without A Pulse
Just last week, one-year-old Gardell Martin almost died after falling into a frozen stream. But now, miraculously, he's made almost a full recovery.
While playing outside with his two brothers at their house in Mifflinburg, PA, the toddler wandered off, tumbling into the body of water that runs through the family's 5-acre property. The current was swift, dragging Gardell off with it, and with below-freezing temperatures the boy was in danger.
Greg Martin, Gardell's 7-year-old brother, noticed his playmate was no longer nearby and immediately called out to his mother, Rose Martin, for help. The frantic mom scanned the property, desperately searching for her son, only to realize he had stumbled into the creek. She dialed 911 and searched the water with her daughters for signs of her toddler while waiting for first responders.
Medical pros arrived on the scene moments after Gardell's body was found by a neighbor. He wasn't breathing and he had no pulse. Workers began CPR on the way to the hospital and continued performing it for 101 minutes, when suddenly the little boy's heart began to beat again. An hour later, the toddler was conscious again, and his brain was functioning normally, something one hospital employee remarked he hadn't seen in his 23 years in the field.
"It was an act of God," Rose told ABC News. "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." Doctors found that Gardell's body temperature had dipped to a shocking 77 degrees when he arrived at the hospital, and he was brought back to life after it slowly rose to 82 degrees. It was surprising that the boy survived, and even more so that within a week of the incident, he was in his home, able to speak and walk on his own again.
Doctors said that Gardell is a, "rare, rare, extreme category for recovery," but family members are ecstatic that he was able to push through such a traumatic experience. His mom said they aren't sure if he remembers what happened to him, but they are positive that he is still the happy, bubbly boy he was before.
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