Miraculous: Toddler survives 25 minutes underwater

I’ve come across many stories of miraculous infant survival but this one trumps the bunch:

Everything aligned to protect Gore in July, creating what doctors and Gore’s parents agree is a miracle.
When the towheaded rascal with a curiosity for water and a penchant for pulling doorknobs escaped his family’s vacation cabin near Gunnison and tumbled unseen into an irrigation ditch, he headed toward three culverts. Two were clogged with wood and brush. He found the third.
On the other side, a log caught him, pinning him a foot underwater but keeping him from flowing farther down the ditch and into the Gunnison River. Twenty-five minutes later, Amy’s athletic cousin spotted Gore and leaped into the raging water. Gore had no heartbeat when Amy’s father, retired orthopedic surgeon Kirk Fry, began chest compressions. Another cousin, a surgical nurse, helped with the cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Eight minutes later, emergency medical technician Erik Forsythe raced from his ambulance and — in a split-second, lifesaving decision that defied emergency-care protocol — snatched up the lifeless boy and sprinted back to the rig.

“They were on scene for 47 seconds,” says Amy, who couldn’t watch her family performing CPR on her son. “I thought he was dead. Who can live after 25 minutes underwater?”

Ten minutes after Gore was carried into the Gunnison Valley Hospital emergency room, Dr. Roger Sherman and his team started Gore’s heart. He had been without a heartbeat for 50 minutes, maybe more. His brain was registering zero activity.

Over a period of days, doctors worked to revive Gore. Simultaneously, a nation-wide prayer chain began for Gore’s recovery. Read the full story here.

I sometimes post prayer requests to my Twitter and Facebook account. Thank you to everyone who responds to these requests and passes them along.

With God, all things are possible. This we believe.



  • jason blevins

    This story needs to be correctly sourced and attributed to The Denver Post. A simple link is not enough. Please fix it. Thanks

  • Phil

    I’m not entirely sure how this fits into centuries of Catholic theology and philosophy.

    Are we to believe that God “changed His mind” to alter what would have been the course of history, based on the prayers of hundreds or thousands of people? If we believe that God intercedes to save the life of a specific infant because we ask him to–and that this is cause for praise–the corollary belief is that God chooses to allow millions of infants to die because not enough people cared about them. I understand that it is normal and human to want to be grateful for what we perceive as good news, but I thought Catholic belief was that nothing God does can be wrong. Praising God for miraculously saving a child strongly suggests that some of God’s decisions are better than others, which is blasphemous, isn’t it?

    • marv!!!

      WOW! Where have you been? Thanks again for another “on the money” post.

    • Angele

      I’m sure there is someone else who could explain this better than I (it’s really late here for me :), but here goes. God is not bound by any limits, right? Time is a limitation. Therefore, all time is present to God, so you have to be careful about thinking of it as “changing His mind.” One thing doesn’t follow after another for Him as it does for us. We do praise God for His miracles. We also praise Him for His love. God loves us so much and wants our love in return, so He gives us freewill. Now, we also praise God for His justice. With our freewill, we sinned and some of the consequences of sin in the world are the loss of harmony in creation and no freedom from death. Again, we praise God for His love for allowing us to freely love even if we mess up and it has bad consequences. (Kind of like a teenager, or anyone even, who appreciates being given a chance to make a choice, even if he messes up). We, being the ones who have sinned, cannot complain about the just consequences of our sin. I know infants may not have committed any actual sin, but they still inherit the effects of original sin (just as they would have inherited the harmony in creation and freedom from death had Adam not sinned). But, Jesus told us “knock and it shall be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9) God wants us to come to Him with our problems and He like a good Parent knows what’s best, to allow us to experience the full consequences or to intervene. Luke 11 goes on to teach that if we ask for the good thing God does not give us a bad thing instead. But remember it’s all present to God. So, He knows how much He loves us, He knows how sin entered the world, He knows the just consequences that are passed down, He knows this child is experiencing the consequences of the fallen world, He knows we are praying for him, He even knows how such a miracle is affecting our lives and souls, and He is healing this child. Just because we see the healing days after the drowning, doesn’t mean that God has to wait for time to allow Him to exercise His power. I hope I explained that clearly enough for you! Our faith is so rich. I tried to sum it up, but please keep digging!

      • Phil

        Angele, that’s an interesting point, with regard to God not moving in linear time the way we do. But it doesn’t really deal with what seems to be the issue: if we hold that some of God’s decisions are better than others, then isn’t that blasphemous? Your time explanation just means that God does not “respond” to earthly emergencies based on prayer. Based on your explanation, the following sequence of events is inappropriate: 1. Something happens 2. People pray to God for a miracle 3. The miracle happens 4. People praise God for the miracle. As I said, it’s normal and human to want to be grateful for what we perceive as good news, but that’s just perception. God did not actually “respond” to the prayers, any more than God allows other babies to die because they don’t get enough prayers. If it’s blasphemous to curse God for letting a baby to die, it follows that it’s also blasphemous to praise God for “saving” a baby. (Even though it feels right and makes us feel good to praise God _as_ _if_ our prayers had persuaded him to change His mind.)

        • Angele

          I’m trying to understand what makes you believe that we hold some of God’s decisions as better than others, Phil. We don’t, so there is not even the question of blasphemy. I thought you believed we did because you thought God changes His mind. Even the word “decision” suggests how our decisions usually come about through a sequence of things. God doesn’t go: “Hmm, now I’m going to do…this! Oh, then I’ll do…that.” I’d say God doesn’t decide. He just is. We believe that God is All-powerful, All-loving, All-just, All-merciful. God is always the same. He ought to be praised day and night for all that He is. Should we bother to pray? Yes, because God is already (non-linear time point) taking our prayers and being All-powerful, All-loving, All-just, All-merciful. By the way, we may have our opinions of what would be best, but when asking God for something we ought to follow Jesus’ examples: “Our Father who art in heaven…Thy will be done…” (Matthew 6:9-10) and “Father, if thou wilt…but yet not My will, but Thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

          • Phil

            I think we agree about some things. In particular:

            I’d say God doesn’t decide. He just is.

            In the following sequence of events, it sounds like you’re saying that Step 2 does not change the outcome in Step 3:

            1. Something happens. 2. People pray to God for a miracle. 3. Something miraculous happens. 4. People praise God for the miracle.

            Basically, you’re arguing that praying to God for a miracle does not affect the outcome one whit. An atheist would agree with you, of course, but for different reasons. But, to clarify the Catholic position as I understand it and as you’re explaining it: God does change his mind. Therefore, prayer does not cause God to change his mind. Therefore, it makes no more sense to pray to God for a miracle when something bad happens than it does to pray for a miracle when no miracle is needed. Miracles will either happen or not, independent of human requests for them. This does not however, mean that it is pointless to pray. Rather, the Catholic belief is that prayer is intrinsically good, not that prayer can ever result in a different outcome than what was going to happen anyway.

            Does that sound about right?

  • Pete

    This article and photo is plagiarized from the Denver Post.

    • Shane

      This post clearly links to the original source and delineates the sourced material by means of formatting.

  • Laura

    As the mother of a tow-headed two year old, all I can say is… DEO GRATIAS!

  • marv!!!

    The human body is miraculous in what it can survive. Tribute to the doctors and scientists who have developed procedures to save lives. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. Thank-you.



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