A toddler received CPR after pulled from an icy creek. A 22-month old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was retrieved from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and did not sustain any lingering effects.
Rose Martin, the mother performed a quick search of the property before realizing that her young son might have fallen into the creek, which was swollen due to the melting snow. She called 911 while her two teenage daughters started walking downstream in search for the toddler. A neighbor found the toddler caught up in a tree branch with water gushing around him.
Saving a life
After the arrival of the ambulance crew, the toddler did not have a pulse and initiated CPR. The resuscitation effort continued for 101 minutes.
Upon arrival in a healthcare facility, the body temperature was 25 degrees C. In this case, the hypothermia worked to the advantage of the toddler, significantly slowing down his metabolism and providing the organs a certain degree of protection from cardiac arrest. The prompt delivery of CPR can significantly improve the chances of survival during emergencies.
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