more than a miracle': Toddler who almost drowned in creek goes home from
Miera will get to spend Mother's Day with her 2-year-old son, Jaxon, who two
weeks ago was found submerged beneath the frigid waters of Farmington Creek.
Brook, Jaxon and his father, Joey Miera, left Primary Children's Medical
Center Thursday, headed for home in Clearfield.
Mommy? I'm all done," were Jaxon's first words when he woke up in the
shy, quiet Jaxon wore a neck brace Thursday. At some point he suffered a
whiplash injury, but his parents aren't sure if it happened when he fell in
the creek April 27 or when he was rescued.
hospital official said Jaxon arrived in critical condition, made a lot of
progress and left in good condition.
Jaxon's mother said her son will need therapy for walking and talking, and
tests to determine if he suffered any hearing damage. Doctors are also waiting
for the results of an MRI to learn more about possible brain damage.
know he'll make a full recovery — it's just a matter of time," his
mother said Thursday at the hospital.
Two weeks ago, things looked "grim" for Jaxon, according to his
and another 2-year-old left the home of Brook Miera's best friend in
Farmington. The two mothers were inside the house but unaware one of the boys
had figured out how to unlock a door. "I was just in the other
room," Brook Miera said.
just a few moments the boys were gone.
frantic search found one boy looking into the creek, with Jaxon underneath the
water, his shorts snagged on some branches. He was pulled out, hypothermic and
having gone several minutes without oxygen.
more than a miracle," Brook said. "Physically, medically he wasn't
supposed to make it."
a medical perspective, Jaxon was considered lucky.
Children's pediatric emergency medicine physician Dr. Robert Bolte did not
work on Jaxon's case, but he's an expert on cold-water drowning victims. He
helped set up the hospital's protocol for resuscitating victims of acute
said a child trapped beneath frigid water, around 40 degrees Fahrenheit,
experiences a rapid drop in core temperature. Breathing stops, there is loss
of consciousness and the heart quits beating.
child's Jaxon size can experience hypothermia quickly, with little body fat
for insulation and more exposed surface area, or skin relative to body weight,
for cold water to more quickly impact a person's body temperature, Bolte said.
when that child's core temperature drops low enough and quick enough, the
demand for oxygen in the child's brain can also drop to only about 20 percent
of what it normally needs, Bolte said.
decreased demand for oxygen in the brain can buy a child time until rescuers
there's a certain amount of luck in this," he said.
the side of luck is a Primary Children's emergency room crew, ready for when a
hypothermia victim rolls through the doors.
of mild to moderate hypothermia are treated with a Bair Hugger blanket, which
is like a balloon of warm air around the body to rapidly restore it to a
normal temperature. In extreme cases, the body's blood is withdrawn, warmed
and recirculated for rapid rewarming.
more quickly doctors and nurses can restore normal body temperature in a
person, the better chance for a good outcome, Bolte said.
dad has his own idea about the outcome.
"You can tell that God was on his side the whole time," Joey Miera
said. "He's a fighter and I know he's resilient as heck."
own mother, Kim Mordue, thought she knew how her daughter felt as Jaxon left
be a good Mother's Day for his mom," Mordue said.
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