210 Minutes of CPR Brings Man Back to Life

By: From Staff Reports, McDowell News

When McDowell County EMS responded to a 7 a.m. call on Jan. 25, they could not have anticipated the sequence of events that would occur.

What unfolded was a near miracle – 3 ½ hours of CPR that gave life to a man on the brink of death.

EMS arrived at the scene to find 29-year-old John Letterman hypothermic and unconscious. En route to The McDowell Hospital, Letterman went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics immediately began CPR and initiated advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols in an attempt to restart Letterman’s heart during a 30-minute drive to the hospital.


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