Stories of children dying via drowning strike fear in every parent's heart and make us grieve for families we've never met. Caleb Teodorescu's story could have been another of those, but instead, it's being touted as a miracle as the Arizona boy has made a full recovery after his heart stopped for almost 30 minutes.
His family had just purchased all the things they needed to install a pool fence. They were just waiting for it to be installed, but unfortunately that didn't happen soon enough. Last week Caleb's mother, Mihaela Teodorescu, found him face-down in the backyard swimming pool after he reportedly rode his scooter into it. He wasn't breathing and was technically dead, according to ABC. She cried out for a neighbor, who did CPR, and she was beside herself.
She told the station: “I was crying out to God. I was saying, ‘God you cannot take him from me!’”
Once at the hospital doctors were able to restore his heartbeat and his breathing, but still his odds of recovering or surviving without severe brain damage were extremely low.
Doctors used a cutting-edge technique called "therapeutic hypothermia," which sounds nothing short of freaky. In it they lower the body's temperature to 32 degrees to prevent brain injury. In Caleb's case, it took 24 hours hours to cool him down, then four days to warm the body back up. Doctors offered little hope that he would ever function normally again, but he defied all the odds.
Caleb's father, Ovy Teodorescu, told My Fox Phoenix:
It's just amazing, the best Christmas miracle you could get. You call someone like that dead. And he's alive today, and not only that he's alive, he has no disabilities, he talks, he walks.
What an incredible story. Whether you're religious or not, you can't help but be inspired by this family's faith. Of course, at the same time, these miracles always make me mourn for the families who don't get miracles, who lose their children. And it's them that I can't help but think about when I read happy ones like this.
Do you believe in miracles?
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