A mother in North Carolina whose 12-year-old son stopped breathing at a local beach is thanking God for giving her son a “miracle” when a number of nurses stepped in to save him as her family sang and prayed for his revival.
“It was no doubt a miracle,” the mother of the boy, Lyndsey Floyd, told Fox8.
She said she was at the Holden Beach last Saturday with her family, including her son Levi, when he took a dive into a wave and failed to emerge from the water.
Seeing what happened, his frantic father rushed to pull him out of the water and they discovered that he had stopped breathing.
“Levi’s lifeless. There was nothing,” Floyd said, explaining how all over her son was blue, “It looked like [his father] threw 120 pounds of blue rubber. Like he wasn’t even a person.”
Floyd’s cousin is a nurse, started performing CPR on Levi but he wasn’t recovering. And that’s when Derek Gibson, a former nurse of the Duke Life Flight, stepped in.
Gibson, who is from Clayton, was with his wife and two daughters at the beach for one last lounge when he noticed a tense crowd gathering a few yards away, WRAL reported.
Gibson noticed he was pretty blue and saw the boy vomit water when Floyd’s cousin gave Levi CPR. Gibson said, “At that point, he didn’t have breathing to the point that it would have sustained life for him.”
Floyd told Fox 8 that her Christian family began worshiping God and praying on the beach as the nurses continued CPR until Derek told them that her son had started to breathe in a sustainable way.
Floyd recalled that she ran to them, “sing louder babies, just worship Him louder. Sing louder,” and as she ran back to Levi, the louder they got, she heard Derek yell “There’s a pulse.”
Levi, who was in the hospital for two days, was able to remember some of what he was told happened as the nurses fought to save his life.
“My brother and my sister and my cousins, they all started singing and praying. And they were like ‘Jesus, please let him be OK,” Levi said.
He has made a full recovery and has remained in contact with Gibson, who believed that Levi’s recovery “is nothing short of a miracle.”
“Today, talking to that little boy and knowing he’s gonna be OK … that will stay with me forever,” he said.
Levi thanked Gibson for helping to save his life but is still coming to terms with the idea that he drowned, he said, “I was like, ‘This can’t be real. I didn’t drown. I don’t remember it. It didn’t happen.’ But it did.”