A DROWNING five-year-old boy who was plucked face down from a pond has survived – despite his heart stopping for almost two hours, according to reports.
The youngster from the town of Zongchang in south-western China reportedly regained consciousness after 110 minutes with no detected heartbeat.
A drowning five-year-old boy survived despite his heart stopping for almost two hours, according to reports[/caption]
The boy slipped and fell into a fish pond[/caption]
He is understood to have been playing on his own when he slipped and fell into a fish pond.
Yang Yu, 53, was holidaying in the town with his parents when he spotted the boy’s trousers floating on the surface of the water.
He called for help and jumped into the pond when he saw the five-year-old lying face down in the water just a few feet away.
The boy was rushed to the emergency department at Yibin Orthopaedics Hospital where Doctor Wan Bo said the boy was not breathing.
He and his nurses attempted CPR for up to 40 minutes and were prepared to declare the child dead, but the boy’s mum and granddad begged him to continue trying.
“I didn’t have the heart to call time of death,” Doctor Wan Bo said.
They resumed CPR and put the boy on assisted breathing when, after a full 110 minutes, he started breathing on his own again, reports claim.
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Doctor Wan called the boy’s revival a “miracle”, saying he had never seen a patient regain consciousness after such a long time without a heartbeat in his 14 years in the profession.
The boy was transferred to the Second People’s Hospital of Yibin for further treatment and has since been moved from the ICU to the general ward.
Doctors say he will continue to receive oxygen treatment for suspected brain damage caused by his 110 minutes without a heartbeat.
Medics attempted CPR for up to 40 minutes and were prepared to declare the child dead, but the boy’s mum and granddad begged him to continue trying[/caption]