IT'S A MIRACLE: Two-year-old survives near-drowning

Published: Jul. 8, 2019 at 3:32 PM EDT
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Two-year-old Garrett Pettry is being called a miracle child after doctors say he nearly died falling into a pool back on June 19th.

According to Garrett's mom, he was with a babysitter, playing with other kids near the pool, when he fell in. Toledo police officers and firefighters responded to the scene, but the murky pool water made it difficult to find him. They say he was under for at least five minutes.

When he was finally pulled from the water, emergency crews performed CPR for more than twenty minutes as they rushed him to the hospital. Doctors in the ER continued to work on him before sending him up to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

According to his doctor, it's a miracle he survived at all. Garrett was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital. The only thing that gave his medical team hope was an electroencephalogram (EEG).

His doctors decided to put him on a cold protocol, chilling his body temperature to keep him alive, and it worked. On Monday, the happy, now-healthy, smiling two-year-old was finally able to go home, escorted by the same first responders who saved his life.