WEST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Penn. – Some are calling it a medical miracle.
Doctors were able to revive a child after over an hour and a half with no pulse.
Gardell Martin is living proof that miracles do happen.
The toddler took comfort in the loving arms of his mother less than a week after nearly losing his life in a fast-moving stream near his family’s home.
22-month old Gardell and two of his brothers were in their backyard playing when Gardell slipped into the water.
The current carried him about a quarter-mile downstream before a neighbor found him.
The neighbor told officials he found the boy stuck on a branch, face down in the water and lifeless.
First responders were already en route when the child was pulled from the icy 34 degree water.
“I knew there was help on the way and I just gathered the rest of the children around me and prayed,” Gardell’s mother, Rose Martin, told WBRE.
While the Martins prayed, EMT’s began performing CPR on Gardell.
He was eventually flown to a children’s hospital where the pediatric intensive care staff was waiting.
“As soon as he arrived and we were able to get him from the stretcher onto the table everybody just began to work,” Dr. Richard Lambert told WBRE.
Doctors Richard Lambert and Frank Maffei were not optimistic.
“He did not have a pulse and he wasn’t breathing on his own and he had no neurologic function. All of those things were being done for him,” Dr. Lambert said. “He was dead.”
“There was no sign of life for an hour and 41 minutes,” Dr. Maffei said.
Doctors say Gardell’s body temperature plummeted to about 75 degrees.
The hypothermic-like state actually gave the child a second chance at life.
“His organs were in a state of protection. They had very little metabolic needs,” Dr. Maffei said.
As Gardell’s body warmed, his pulse and heart rate eventually returned.
A recovery for the record books.
“The duration of CPR and the rapidity of the recovery and the completeness of the recovery. I think these are the things that stand out as quite striking,” Dr. Maffei said.
Rose Martin says she is so grateful everything turned out okay.
“I just can’t thank them enough. We feel very unworthy and very grateful,” she said.