The doctors managed to "start" the man's heart, which stopped due to severe hypothermia.
45-year-old Michael Knapinski decided to take a walk and went alone to conquer the national park on the Rainier Stratovolcano in the US state of Washington, but overestimated his capabilities and got lost, reports CNN. While the man was trying to find his way back, the temperature dropped below zero, his strength left him and when rescuers stumbled upon him, he was already unconscious. The victim was taken to the intensive care unit, where the doctors did everything possible to start the heart that had stopped due to hypothermia. First, the man was connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) apparatus, which performs the work of the main organ, distilling blood, supplying it with oxygen and giving people who find themselves in such a situation, albeit small, but a chance. It took doctors 45 minutes to restore blood flow to the man's frozen body and restart his heart.
“When I woke up, I just didn't understand what had happened. But I am very grateful to the medical staff for not giving up on me. And I am alive, I breathe,”- commented the hiking enthusiast WPVI-TV. The man spent 8 days in the hospital and then went home safely. According to experts, only a small number of people who initially had excellent health and strong immunity manage to cope with hypothermic cardiac arrest.