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Found in a snow bank nearly dead...


Specializes in Emergency.

The odds were against Tia Ross. Doctors thought she had less than a 50 percent chance of surviving. But just two days after being found in a snow bank, her recovery is amazing. It was fifteen below zero with the windchills. Six hours later, an officer found her. Her body temperature was around 70 degrees.

"Technically, you could say, yes, she was dead. She had very little brain activity when she was brought in," said Dr. Paul Seifert, a cardiothoracic surgeron at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

She had almost no brain activity, almost no heartbeat. 25-year old Tia Ross was technically dead for 90 minutes.

"When I got here, my heart stopped. It was beating on the way and in the ambulance, then it stopped. I didn't have any blood pressure, I didn't have anything," Ross said, from the intensive care unit at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

It took the work of several doctors to revive her. But they didn't expect her to recover so quickly, and without any brain damage.



I wish they would give some credit to the nurses that helped to save this lady. Afterall, its not like there was only 6 docs working on her - more like 1-2 docs and 4-5 nurses in the code. However, its crazy that someone with a core temp in the low 70's was successfully revived with apparently no brain damage. Woot!

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

On February 23, 2001 a 13 month old girl wandered out of a house in downtown Edmonton, Alberta clad in only a diaper and t-shirt into the -24C (-11F) night. When she was found an unknown amount of time later, she was clinically dead with a core temperature of 16C (61F). The medical and nursing staff of the PICU at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton saved her life and she has made a complete recovery.


Her miraculous recovery was achieved using extracorporeal life support and a Bair Hugger. Ranger Systems donated a Bair Hugger system to the unit after word of Erika's ordeal became known. We're still using that system today.

You are absolutely right!! The credit is almost always given exclusively to the physicians. But when something terrible happens, the nurses will be blamed...

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