The 14-Year-Old Boy Who Came Back to Life. A Medical Miracle?
11-year-old boy who drowned in icy pond in Forest Park, Queens. Credits: abc7NY

On January 19, 2015, a miracle happened in the American Lake St. Louis. Three 14-year-old boys felt through the ice.

John Smith was fifteen minutes under the water when rescuers spot and fished him almost lifeless out the icy water.

When the boy was rushed to the hospital, he had no pulse. John was 27 minutes resuscitated.

Very small chance

“He was dead 45 minutes,” said Dr. Kent Sutterer. “There was a very small chance that he would survive.”

When the doctor brought the mother to John’s room, she began to pray aloud.

“I do not remember exactly what I said,” mother Joyce said. “I do remember that I prayed to God to please save my son. Suddenly I heard them say there was a heartbeat. “

Medical miracle

Dr. Sutterer said the heart of John began to beat again within a minute or two after the prayer. The doctors were amazed. One of them spoke of a medical miracle.

John was allowed two days later to return to home and suffered no brain damage.

He only had a cold and had to go to the physiotherapist to get back the feeling in his hands.


A movie is inspired by the story of the boy.

The film is called Breakthrough and is based on the book “The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection.

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