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CPR Helps Resuscitate Man Frozen For 12 Hours

Winter January 2016 in PennsylvaniaThe scene: Winter January 2016 in Pennsylvania with temperatures of -4 degrees fahrenheit (-20 Celsius). Paramedic arrive at the scene and find Justin Smith, 26 years old frozen with no heartbeat, no signs of life, he had turned blue.

Justin had been missing from the night before, later thought to have slipped and fallen becoming unconscious and freezing to death 12 hours prior to being found by his Father who went out searching for him the following morning.

The Coroner was on scene to declare Justin deceased, when the responding paramedics call the local emergency room physician describing Justin’s condition and to their astonishment were told to start CPR.

Paramedics started CPR and continued CPR for 2 hours while transporting Justin to the hospital. Once at the hospital ER the on-duty physician that advised paramedics to start CPR, couldn’t even get an accurate body temperature because Justin’s body was so cold.

CPR Helps Resuscitate Man Frozen For 12 HoursJustin’s cold body was then transport by helicopter to another hospital that had an ECMO machine (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), that warms the blood and oxygenates it then pumps it back into the body.

All the while a automated CPR compression machine delivered chest compressions while a respirator delivered oxygen to Justin’s lungs.

CPR continued to be performed for hours after Justin’s lifeless body had been found, yet after just 90 minutes on the ECMO Justin’s heart began to beat on it’s own.

30 days later Justin woke surrounded by family with full brain function and only the loss of his toes and pinky fingers due to severe frostbite.

Don’t delay starting CPRIn a later report, the ER physician that advised the paramedics to perform CPR, explained his clinical thought regarding performing CPR,was simply “you have to warm to be dead”.

It was unknown at that time just how long Justin’s physical condition had been in a near cryogenic state.

So when in doubt? Don’t delay starting CPR and continue until professionals relieve you!

The latest scientific research has shown that very low temperatures can preserve brain and organ function prolonging the possibility of successful resuscitation with CPR in conjunction with advance medical treatment. The 4th Link in the “Chain of Survival”.