Some are calling it “the miracle on the Snake.” A Pocatello man was hunting with some buddies on the Snake River when his canoe capsized. He was pulled from the frigid waters with a body temperature of 82 degrees. On top of that, his heart quit beating and he was essentially dead.
It was a typical day on the Snake River. Mike Jones was duck hunting with friends when for some reason his canoe capsized. That’s about all Mike remembers from that day but those who helped revive him can tell you just how lucky he is to be alive.
“As he came in and everybody from the Life Flight was bringing him in and it was really everything in progress,” said Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa. “CPR in progress, someone on top of the gurney keeping the chest, keeping the heart blood moving throughout the body, really the blood going to the brain to keep him alive.”
For nearly an hour, Mike laid there without a pulse and a temperature below the point of where organs typically begin to shut down. The only blood flowing through his body was from rescuers performing CPR. Doctors knew the odds were against them. Their only hope was to get Mike’s temperature back to a normal level.
“We put him on what is called cardiopulmonary bypass and we basically rewarmed him,” said Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa. “It took us an hour to get him back to normal temperature, back to 98 degrees. And at that point we went ahead and shocked the heart again to bring it back into rhythm again and then fix all the electrolytes. Amazingly, it really is a miracle, immediately right afterwards he was moving everything and trying to talk to us. Really an incredible story about how it all went down.”
Doctor DeLaRosa says they’ve had people in much better shape succumb to hypothermia.
As for Mike, he doesn’t remember much from when he was out but he does know that there are a lot of people to thank for bringing him back.
“I just want to thank all the doctors right down to the first Fish and Game officer that went out to his neck in water to pull me out,” said Mike Jones of Pocatello. “They all did their part.”
Dr. DeLaRosa says the crew at Portneuf paused for a moment to celebrate the significance of the event. He says saving lives makes is what it is all about.
One of the first things Mike requested after being revived was some ice cream.