Hiker Michael Knapinski was rescued after being lost overnight in a whiteout in Mount Ranier National Park. “He died while he was in the ER, which gave us the unique opportunity to try and save his life by basically bypassing his heart and lungs -- which is the most advanced form of artificial life support that we have in the world,” said Dr. Jenelle Badulak, one of the first to start treating him. His heart remained stopped for 45 minutes, and after the doctors restarted it, the medical team spent the night with him to make sure he continued to stabilize. The patient woke up two days later and made a tearful call to his family. Knapinski is recovering well and is anxious to return to his regular volunteer activities. “As soon as I get physically able, that’s going to be my calling in life. Just helping people. I’m still just shocked and amazed,” said Knapinski.

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