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UNION COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania toddler is recovering after a near death experience.
22-month-old Gardell Martin was in the backyard, playing with his brothers when he somehow fell into an icy stream near his home and was swept away.
A neighbor found the boy a half-hour later lifeless, face down in 34-degree water.
Emergency crews were called to the scene.
First responders put the child into an ambulance and got him out of his clothes as quickly as they could.
CPR was performed as the toddler was rushed to the hospital. Martin was without a pulse for more than an hour and a half.
“He did not have a pulse, and he wasn’t breathing on his own and he had no neurologic function,” said Dr. Richard Lambert of Geisinger Pediatric Critical Care. “All of those things were being done for him with the CPR and the breathing that was being done through the ET tube.”
Martin’s body was in a hypothermic-like state.
He was slowly warmed, and his pulse and heart rate eventually returned.
“There was no signs of life for an hour and 41 minutes,” said Dr. Frank Maffei, Geisinger Director of Pediatric ICU.
Doctors said they will continue to monitor the toddler, but at this point there is every indication Martin is well on his way to a full recovery.