Doctors are startled by the complete recovery of a 4-year-old girl who was trapped for 30 minutes last month in a car under icy water.
"It really is amazing," said Dr. Joseph Custer, director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Mott Children's Hospital, where the Three Rivers girl had been put on an experimental artificial lung that saved her life."It's sort of two miracles," he said. "One is that she didn't die from lung damage and the second is that she's neurologically normal," Custer said. "She should have had brain damage."
Besides being trapped under water for a half hour, the girl, Sara Shelton, had no heartbeat for nearly two hours and failing lungs.
Sara, who turned 4 on Jan. 7, was expected to be released from the hospital next week.
On Dec. 2, she was submerged for an estimated half hour in 38-degree water in the St. Joseph River in Three Rivers. Her mother, Christina, 24, died about two hours after losing control of her car.