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Disabled teen revived after being flat lined for 15 minutes

By Nikki Weingartner     May 20, 2009 in Health
Paramedics manage to save the life of a teenager with a disability after he fell into the family swimming pool. Nicholas Calabro was resuscitated after having no vitals for over 15 minutes.
The miracle of life is an amazing phenomenon, with many stories being told of narrowly beating the odds of the grim reaper. One such story happened recently in a Dallas area, when a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy fell into the family swimming pool while following his toy bouncing ball.
A father's worst nightmare came true when he saw his son laying lifeless in the backyard swimming pool. As he pulled his child from the water, his wife called 911 and was instructed on how to give resuscitation breaths until paramedics arrived.
First on scene were two paramedics, one who was on his first drowning call. They worked on the teen boy for about 15 minutes, but the child was without respiration or heart rhythm. As green paramedic Kelly Kovar stated, "We had a flat line." They maintained CPR on the boy, put him in the ambulance and headed to the hospital. However, the prognosis was bleak and the parents were already calling family members to break the horrible news of their son's passing.
But it was while en route to the hospital that a "miracle," as the boy's mother calls it, happened. A heart rhythm and colour returned to his lifeless body. The medical efforts were a success and the teenage boy was brought back to life.
Today, Nicholas is back to playing with the very same ball that nearly cost him his life. He survived six surgeries over the course of his life related to complications of his cerebral palsy and amazingly, he survived the most recent event due to the continued efforts of the paramedics and a miracle.
Apparently, its these types of stories that help paramedics do what they do, with the veteran on the scene quoted as saying:
"After 17 years on the ambulance, you see a lot of bad things. "These runs are the ones that keep you going."
And the jeep paramedic, the ability to save a life as something that he simply "can't describe."
For more information about cerebral palsy, you can visit the National Institutes of Health information page.
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