ORLANDO, Fla. – A toddler who nearly drowned made a big recovery thanks to a machine that mimics the pump of the heart and lungs.
In April, Jassaih Mercado was found floating facedown in a lake behind his Kissimmee home. His parents said the 22-month-old was taking a nap with his mom when he somehow found his way outside alone.
“Just still unbelievable to me,” said Devin Medina, Jassaih’s father.
Emergency crews rushed in and began CPR on the toddler as he was transported to Nemours Children’s Hospital, struggling to stay alive. The Cardiac Critical Care team, led by Dr. Constantinos Chrysostomou, cared for Jassaih and told his parents his condition could improve with the help of the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine