Michael Knapinski, 45, from Woodinville, Washington, was on a snowy trip with a friend on Saturday morning last week. The two separated, and while Knapinski’s friend continued skiing to a nearby camp, he moved himself to their agreed gathering point.
“I was pretty close to the end, but then the blizzard came in full force, and I saw nothing,” Knapinski told The Seattle Times.
The last thing he remembers from the trip was that he took small steps down the mountain – surrounded by whiteness.
– Then I do not remember what happened. I think I fell, he says, pointing to bruises and wounds all over his body.
In any case, the 45-year-old never reached the meeting point.
Found the next day
A large rescue operation was launched after Knapinski that lasted through the night, but had to be put on pause early Sunday morning, when conditions and the low temperatures became too demanding, writes AP. Sunday morning, the action started up again. A rescue helicopter was also ordered to assist in the search.
And in the end, it was precisely this that found Knapinski, about a mile from the Glacier Bridge, the National Park tells The Seattle Times.
Knapinski was transported to and arrived at Harborview Medical Center, a public hospital located in the First Hill area of Seattle, Washington, Sunday night.
Doctor Janelle Badulak, who was one of the first to treat the 45-year-old, tells local newspapers that Knapinski still had a pulse when he arrived at the hospital, but that he eventually had a cardiac arrest.
– He died while in ER, which gave us the unique opportunity to try to save his life by using a special method. “He was in the most advanced form of artificial life support we have in the world,” Badulak told The Seattle Times.
He remained lying – dead – for about 45 minutes while the doctors repeatedly gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Badulak says.
The latter treatment involves oxygen-poor venous blood being discharged from the body, usually from the right atrium, and pumped past a thin membrane that replaces the lungs’ normal function of blood oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide excretion. The oxygenated blood is then pumped back into the bloodstream, according to Store norske leksikon.
The treatment is very resource-intensive and can in itself cause serious complications, primarily due to changes in the coagulation system. The benefits of such treatment for adult lung failure are still controversial.
After the doctors managed to get Knapinski’s heart to beat again, they continued to stabilize him all night long.
And two days later he opened his eyes again.
– Incredibly strong
According to the AP, the first thing Knapinski asked to do was call home to the family.
– He cried, they cried and I’m pretty sure I cried a little too. It was incredibly strong to see a person we had worked so hard to save from start to finish, wake up in such a dramatic and impressive way, says anesthesia nurse Whitney Holen, who was by Knapinski’s side when he came alive again, to the local newspaper .
– He came back from the dead. Anskje Maybe not something that is medically correct to say, but his heart did not beat in 45 minutes. It’s amazing, adds medical director of Harborview’s surgical intensive care unit, Dr. Saman Arbabi.
Knapinski himself, who usually spends a lot of time volunteering to build houses for foster children, is clear on what he should do next:
– As soon as I get completely well again, it will be my calling in life – just help others. I am still shocked and surprised, he says and thanks the hospital and the people who did not give him up.
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