Days before Christmas, Owen Coulter, 5, of Austin, Texas, was rushed to the hospital with a deadly virus and moments later, his heart stopped. He was unresponsive.
As medical staff at Dell Children’s Hospital performed CPR and tried to revive him, his mother, Kristin Coulter, immediately started praying.
“I cried out for him. I told him to stay with us. I told him I loved him, and I asked God to save him,” she told FOX 7. Darin Coulter, his father, a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department, knew it wasn’t good.
After 90 minutes of CPR and putting Owen on an ECMO machine, something normally used for adults, his heart began to beat again.
Step by step, Owen has made strides in his recovery aided by a wheelchair and a walker. After 56 days, he was finally able to return home.
“It feels amazing! This was a miraculous recovery. I’ve never seen anything this incredible before,” Dell Children’s Emergency Medicine Dr. Patrick Ryan told the FOX affiliate. “It just warms my heart to see Owen and his family being able to go home today.”
The Texas community game him a hero’s sendoff from the hospital earlier this month.
Owen’s celebration was complete with superhero shirts, friends, family, and members of the community, including a salute from police officers and firefighters.
“Welcome home, Owen!” the Austin Fire Department wrote on Facebook February 7.
Owen and his family rode home that day in a firetruck, but his road to recovery is far from over.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical costs.
“There are no words to describe this situation, but the faith the family has in the Lord and the miracles and love they have felt from family, friends, Austin Fire Dept, Concordia University, Celebration Church, Footsteps Preschool, the list goes on…is indescribable and gives them the strength to fight this battle with their little man,” the page update said.
They expect him to make a full recovery as he enters kindergarten in the fall with his twin brother, Hudson.
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