A Mount Rainier hiker is alive after he was found in whiteout conditions and brought into the emergency room at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Navy crews found Michael Knapinski last weekend in Mount Rainier National Park after a night of below-freezing conditions and flew him to the hospital, WPVI-TV reports.
Shortly after his arrival, Knapinski flatlined. However, doctors began using an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine that pumped blood outside of his body and administered CPR. While the machine does not guarantee a full recovery, it can be life-saving.
After 45 minutes, they were able to restart the hiker’s heart. “He came back from the dead,” Dr. Jenelle Badulak, an intensive care unit doctor at the medical center, revealed. “It wasn’t a miracle though, it was science.”
Badulak added, “Michael was unconscious, had extreme hypothermia, and his heart stopped shortly after he arrived at the ER.”
“But he did