Child Pronounced Dead Shows Vital Signs
By REBECCA BOONE, AP
BOISE, Idaho (May 28) - A hospital worker preparing a drowned toddler for a funeral home noticed the boy was breathing - more than an hour after he
had been pronounced dead.
Logan Pinto, who is 22 months old, apparently wandered away from his baby sitter Thursday and fell into a canal near his home in Rexburg, about 275
miles east of Boise. He was submerged for nearly 30 minutes before police found him a half-mile downstream, said Rexburg police Capt. Randy Lewis.
Though an officer gave him CPR and emergency workers did everything they could to revive him, Lewis said, the boy was pronounced dead when it appeared
the effort had failed. After giving the boy's mother and stepfather - Debra and Joe Gould - some time to say goodbye, Madison Memorial Hospital nurse
Mary Zollinger began to prepare Logan's body for the funeral home.
But when she looked at the boy, she noticed his chest was slightly moving and realized that Logan was alive.
The boy was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he was listed in critical condition Friday. Late Thursday, he was
breathing on his own and his color had returned, but he was placed back on a respirator Friday, Lewis
said.Child Comes Back To Life!!!
"I'm just amazed and overwhelmed with what took place," Lewis said. "They aggressively worked on him for quite a bit of time, and of course it's
a bad situation when you have to let the parents know that their son has passed away."
But despair turned to joy when emergency workers learned the boy was alive.
"It's called divine intervention, I think. I was dumbfounded. I couldn't believe it hardly, especially after leaving there and seeing what had
transpired," Lewis said. "I don't know how to explain it. It's joyous and relieving."
05-28-04 15:20 EDT
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