Now down in Mexico there was this here Canajun feller from Alberty who got hisself all smashed up an' drownded by a big wave. I guess he was purty much DOA by the sounds of it. Wasn't breathin' fer sumpin' like 45 minutes and then they started pumpin' air inta his lungs an' they took'm up t' Houston. Up there, they jest about give up on'm an' I guess they figgered they got nuthin' t' lose so they froze'm fer a few days.
When they thawed'm out, he was jest about good as new an' they's callin' it a science fiction medical miracle.
Whooee! That's better'n them made up fake TV shows anyday. Read all about it.
Notes from the patient medical file read 'Patient remains deadly ill' and 'Chance of recovery less than one percent.' With nothing to lose, Dr. Varon had to think outside the box and outside medical protocol.
"That's why we decided to go with a form of therapy which probably wouldn't be used by other clinicians," said Dr. Varon. "I froze him."
It's called hypothermic therapy. It's used on heart attack patients, but never for a drowning case until now. O'reilly was wrapped in a cooling blanket and his body temperature was lowered to 90 degrees, which is enough to freeze to death. But he was kept on life-support.
The treatment was allowing O'reilly's body to hibernate and to heal. On the third day – his birthday -- he awoke.
"I've come back from the dead," he told us.