A Missouri teen who fell through ice on a frozen lake was presumed dead for 45 minutes until his mother began to pray.
John Smith, 14, and two friends walked out onto the frozen Lake St. Louise on Jan. 19 and almost immediately fell through the thin ice. One of the teens was able to swim to shore, another needed to be rescued, and Smith disappeared. When an emergency crew arrived, they were able to locate the young man and pull him out from the bottom of the lake.
Workers began CPR immediately, and continued until they arrived at a nearby hospital. There, doctors spent 27 minutes attempting to revive Smith to no avail. It was only when Smith’s mother entered the room and began praying loudly that her son’s heart began beating for the first time in 45 minutes.
“I remember his temperature was 88 degrees when we checked it and in my mind, this is a very grim, very poor chance of survival,” Dr. Kent Sutterer told KSDK.
Smith’s mother told reporters she’s not exactly sure what she said while praying. “I don't remember what all I said. But I remember, 'Holy God, please send your Holy Spirit to save my son.' ... All of a sudden I heard them saying, 'We got a pulse, we got a pulse,'” she recounted.
Dr. Sutterer said within a minute or two of the prayer beginning, Smith’s heart began beating again. Sutterer later wrote a note retelling the miraculous story.
“His heart was jump started by the Holy Spirit listening to the request of his praying mother,” the note read. Another doctor said what happened was a “bona fide miracle.”
Smith’s condition improved as the days went on, and is now on the path to a full recovery. Amazingly, his brain function is normal, which one doctor says may be attributed to the cold water.
"The only factors medically that were really in John's favor is that this was a cold water drowning," Dr. Jeremy Garrett, an SSM Cardinal Glennon pediatric intensivist, said.
The teen said he’s just as amazed as everyone else that he’s still here.
“After listening to what the paramedics and doctors said I'm pretty surprised at the outcome,” Smith stated.