50 people chain CPR save a boy in Danville, Pennsylvania

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

DANVILLE, Pa. — One hour and 41 minutes of CPR later, a Mifflinburg toddler regained his pulse and heart rate after being submerged in icy water at least 20 minutes — and may well be a medical miracle, said a Geisinger Medical Center physician, among about 50 people who had a hand in saving the 22-month-old child.

Not only was the boy resuscitated, he’s also recovered neurologically, said Dr. Frank Maffei, director of pediatric intensive care at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville.

The child eventually wound up at Janet Weis for treatment via Mifflinburg EMS, Evangelical Community Hospital and Life Flight medical helicopter after he was pulled from a swift-moving creek in West Buffalo Township.

The child was discharged Sunday after five days in the hospital, and physicians will continue to watch his health. “But at this time, he has a highly favorable recovery,” Maffei said.



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