A 4 year old from the U.K. is being dubbed a “miracle boy” after surviving a drowning that left him underwater for nearly 10 minutes.
Doctors said John-Henry Birtle wouldn’t walk or talk again after he was found at the bottom of a pool while on vacation with his parents earlier this, but he’s now proving physicians more than wrong.
The harrowing near-death incident unfolded on Feb. 26, in the U.K., with John-Henry’s mom, Roseann, jumping into the water and rescuing the boy before a hotel staff member began successfully administering CPR, the Newark Advertiser reported.
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Despite spending a great deal of time without any oxygen — 9 minutes under water and an additional 20 minutes during CPR efforts — doctors said John-Henry is expected to make a full recovery.
Roseann said that she prayed and asked God for healing the entire time that the hotel staff member was giving her son CPR, calling John-Henry her “miracle boy.”
But the child’s survival didn’t come without a great deal of uncertainty. He spent 13 days on life support at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, U.K., and was later transferred to Nottingham Children’s Hospital in Nottingham, U.K., for additional treatment.
Flash-forward nearly four months and John-Luke is walking, drinking, eating and beginning to speak again.
“He was starved of oxygen for 28 minutes. For those 28 minutes he was gone,” Roseanne told the Newawk Advertiser. “Doctors said he won’t have a good quality of life, he would not walk or talk or be able to recognize us, but he proved them all wrong and actually walked out of hospital five weeks later.”
Staff members at the hospital have called John-Henry’s recovery a “remarkable story of hope and healing.” Read more about it here.
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