California doctor revives lifeless 11-year-old boy in South Carolina

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good NewsJanuary 20, 2013

On New Year's Eve, California doctor Amir Yazdan had just fuelled up his brand-new 2012 Porsche Turbo at a South Carolina gas station — and was snapping photos of the new car for a friend back home — when he heard a woman screaming on the side of the road.

Across the street, Marjie Britz was frantic. Her 11-year-old son, Tiger Winge, was lifeless in the backseat of her car.

Yazdan immediately ran toward the scene and removed the boy from the vehicle.

"I immediately picked him up and took him out of the car, put him on the side of the street, and checked for a pulse," Yazdan told 7 On Your Side. "It wasn't an option for me to let this kid go, I was just doing everything I could."

"The scene was chaotic, you know, people screaming, people on the ground that were just praying," Yazdan, 32, told CBS Los Angeles. "And I was praying, saying, 'Please God, don't let this kid go.'"

Britz told Yazdan, a hair-transplant doctor and part-time ER physician, that her son suffered from asthma. The mother and son had been on their way to the hospital after Winge complained that he couldn't breathe.

"I just started CPR on him right then and there," he said. "I think after about two minutes or so, he got a pulse back, and I was like, 'Let's keep going.'"

After three minutes, Winge took a breath.

"I couldn't believe it," Yazdan said. "It was a miracle."

An emergency response team arrived shortly after and transported the boy to the hospital. Because Winge's breathing was still sporadic, Yazdan rode in the ambulance and continued to give him breaths. At the hospital, nurses administered an adrenaline shot and revived the boy.

"Then when I woke up, I was in the hospital," Winge told 7 On Your Side. "Everything was blurry and all I could think of was, who are you? Where am I? What is stuck on my arm? They took care of me from there."

Doctors believe Winge suffered no permanent brain damage.

Yazdan, who said he wouldn't have been on the scene if a friend hadn't asked him to text him a photo of his new car just as he was about to leave the station, plans to get a personalized license plate in honour of the boy.

"There's no way that this was just coincidence that this happened," he said. "There was a stronger power that put all of this together."

Britz told The Greenville News that she's still trying to find the perfect gift to express her gratitude to the stranger from California:

"What do you give a person who has given back your whole world?" she asked. "It's just a Christmas miracle, delayed."