‘Breakthrough’ Recounts Missouri Boy’s Inexplicable Recovery from Drowning
When 20th Century Fox released a preview for “Breakthrough,” it quickly went viral. The trailer for the faith-centered film, based on the true story of a boy who fell through a frozen lake, has now racked up more than 100 million views across all platforms. On January 19, 2015, 14-year-old John Smith was trapped underwater for 15 minutes. First responders pulled him from the icy waters of Lake Sainte Louise near St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported: “He wasn’t breathing, and paramedics and doctors performed CPR on him for 43 minutes without regaining a pulse.” Yet, after his mother prayed for him, doctors at St. Joseph Hospital West say Smith inexplicably regained consciousness.
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