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A 2-year-old boy in Arizona has made an amazing recovery from a drowning accident that stopped his heart for almost 40 minutes, doctors say.
The two-year-old, Caleb Teodorescu, was trapped underwater in his family’s pool for roughly 30 minutes before being rescued, according to an ABC news video. His heart had stopped, and he wasn’t able to breathe when paramedics took him to the hospital.
"He quite literally died outside the hospital," Dr. Corey Philpot, a pediatric critical care physician at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona told ABC.
When they were finally able to register a pulse, doctors gave the toddler blood pressure medication and put him on a breathing machine. They believe their quick decision to use therapeutic hypothermia, while he was still in a comatose state, was what saved the young boy’s life while reducing the risk of brain damage.
"Therapeutic hypothermia slows down the metabolic rate of the body and, in this case, of the brain," Philpot told ABC News. "We cooled him down to 32 degrees and put him in cold hybernatory state to prevent ongoing brain injury."
Despite all reasonable odds, doctors say he has no long-term medical or brain injuries and will be 100% growing up. For more on the story, watch the entire news video from ABC here.