A hiker who was airlifted out of Mount Rainier National Park after getting stranded in “whiteout” conditions reportedly “died” for 45 minutes once he arrived at the hospital the following day.
According to The Seattle Times, Michael Knapinski, 45, arrived at the hospital on Sunday, unconscious but still with a pulse, after spending a night lost in the park. But shortly after arriving, Knapinski went into cardiac arrest and his heart stopped.
Dr. Jenelle Badulak, one of Knapinski’s doctors, told The Seattle Times that after his heart stopped beating, the medical team performed CPR on Knapinski repeatedly, and subsequently hooked him up to a machine that removes carbon dioxide from blood in the body and returns it with oxygenated blood.
His heart started beating again after 45 minutes, but he remained unconscious.
“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,