[by Dean Smith] Attending emergency physician, Dr Jeremy Garrett, called it a ‘bonafide miracle.’
On Martin Luther Day (January 19, 2015), John Smith, 14, along with two friends were out on the frozen waters of Missouri’s Lake Saint Louise when the three fell through the ice. According to KDSK TV, by the time rescuers from the St. Louis Fire Department arrived, one of the two friends had dragged himself out and the other was hanging on to the ice.
John, however, could not be seen. After being under water for about 15 minutes, rescuers found John and dragged him out. With no pulse, paramedics performed CPR as they rushed the boy to the hospital but believed there was little hope of recovery.
When John arrived at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West 15 minutes later, emergency staff took over trying to revive John. His heart was still stopped and after 27 minutes of CPR, doctors realized there was nothing more that could be done.
Dr. Kent Sutterer went to the waiting room to deliver the bad news to the boy’s parents, John and Joyce Smith, who were at the hospital with their pastor. However, instead of accepting this fate, Joyce walked into the emergency room and prayed for her son.
Though she can’t remember her exact wording, Joyce said:
“I remember [saying]. ‘Holy God, please send your Holy Spirit to save my son. I want my son, please save him.”
What happened next had one emergency doctor calling a ‘bonafide miracle’ and another crediting the Holy Spirit.
According to KDSK TV, after Joyce prayed out loud, John’s heart monitor immediately started beeping showing his heart was beating. Stunned medical staff rushed back to the stricken boy.
Though his body had miraculously come back to life, John was still in a coma and there was legitimate concern of irreparable brain damage. But 48 hours later, John woke from his coma and is making such a quick recovery that medical staff can’t keep up said KDSK TV. Though he will need therapy, John will soon be sent home.
Dr. Kent Sutterer, one of the emergency doctors, said after being pulled out of the icy water, the 14-year-old’s prospects were very poor:
“In my mind this is a very grim, very poor chance of survival already. The question was raised: how long should they continue [CPR]. He was dead for 45 minutes.”
But after the dramatic healing, Sutterer wrote a letter saying:
“Heart was jump started by the Holy Spirit listening to request of his praying mother.”
Aside from the miracle, John’s quick recovery may also be due to prayer.
Since coming back to life, members of First Assembly Church in St Peters, Missouri, where the Smith’s attend, have been praying for John’s recovery. Even his rescuers from the St Louis Fire Department have come to see the miracle first-hand for themselves.
His parents said they may ask John what he was doing out on the ice at a later time, but right now they are just rejoicing in the miracle.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus], the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. (John 14:12 NASV)