The Brew: Texas Teen Dead Two Hours Lives to Tell the Tale

By Al Perrotta Published on April 18, 2023

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Today’s Brew comes with a full-blown miracle. And a tease …

Teen Revives After Being Dead Two Hours. Doctors Can Only Call It a “Literal Miracle”

Sammy Berko was dead. The Missouri City, Texas teen had collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest while at a rock climbing gym. For two hours paramedics and doctors worked to revive Sammy, to no avail. Two hours. Finally, they told his mother Jennifer “I’m so sorry. He’s gone.”

Compounding their grief, just three years ago, the couple had lost son Frankie to the same genetic mutation that affected Sammy’s heart.

Now, Jennifer and her husband Craig sat with Sammy, saying their goodbyes to a second son.

“I started talking to him, just telling him how much I love him and sorry that we didn’t know how to save him,” Jennifer told Houston’s Fox 26. “Suddenly, as I started praying, my husband said, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s moving!'” 

The medical team raced back in. And sure enough, Sammy revived! Praise God. However, after two hours without oxygen, surely he had suffered catastrophic brain injury. But no, aside from some short term memory loss, Sammy’s brain function is fine.

Sammy doesn’t remember the rock climb. The first thing he remembers is walking up in the ICU.  “Then I remember my dad telling me, this is what happened and you better remember this time, because he said it so many times.” 

Dr. Stacey Hall is Medical Director of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Herman hospital. She says. “We do see kids all the time here who have had CPR, but with very prolonged CPR, we typically see very severe global anoxic brain injury, so to me, he is a literal miracle.”

She’s not alone. Jennifer says staffers at the hospital were dumbfounded.

These are professionals who have been doing this their entire lives, who have seen the worst of the worst. Each and every one of them afterward came to us and said that they have never seen anything like this before. Ever. Never had they ever pronounced somebody and suddenly they came back five minutes later. That feeling of seeing his heartbeat, there are no words for that. There are no words. We just stood there. I mean, grateful is the biggest understatement ever to know that he might make it.

Pursing and Jailing Your Political Opponents is Apparently a Bad Thing Again

Two Americans and dozens of Chinese have been arrested for running a secret Chinese police station in New York City, the DOJ announced Monday. According to the DOJ, the suspects were “engaging in transnational oppressions” against Chinese expatriates. This included spying on and harassing dissidents here in America and tracking down activists supporting democracy for China.

The operation was run by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security out of a building in Chinatown. The two U.S. citizens arrested have been identified as “Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan.

Chairman Xi was caught targeting his political opposition right in the heart of New York City. Imagine that.

Meanwhile, a Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza was sentenced to 25 years for treason over his outspoken opposition to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I’m in jail for my political views. For speaking out against the war in Ukraine. For many years of struggle against Putin’s dictatorship,” he said at a hearing last week, the Washington Post reported, “Not only do I not repent of any of this, I am proud of it.”

Sec. of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Blames “Discrimination” for Traffic Fatalities

Looks like we’re back to roads being racist. Pete Buttigieg was on Sharpton’s MSNBC show over the weekend, and declared traffic fatalities happen because of “A lot of reasons related to discrimination.”

Even race hustler Al Sharpton was like, “Say what?”

We’ve got a crisis when it comes to roadway fatalities in America. We lose about 40,000 people every year. It’s a level that is comparable to gun violence – and we see a lot of racial disparities. Black and brown Americans and tribal citizens and rural residents are much more likely to lose their lives … . There are a lot of reason related to discrimination … even related to the way the roads are designed and who has access to a safe street design that’s got crosswalks and good lighting.

Yes, we know to this administration everything is racist. And Mayor Pete has long proven he’d rather mouth off about racist roads and racist construction crews than do his actual job. But is there any truth to what he’s saying?

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Well, a law firm in Santa Rosa has actually compiled from Federal statistics — including from people who work for Buttigieg — a helpful graphic display of the “Top 12 Causes of Fatal Car Accident in the USA.” Here’s the countdown of the Top 12 some added questions.

12. Drowsy Driving — Weariness is racist?

11. Poor Weather — Weather we knew was racist. See Climate Change alarmists

10. Swerving or Avoiding — Reflexes are racist?

9. Reckless Driving — Carelessness, disregard for others, is racist?

8. Failure to Obey — Disregard for authority, lack of attention. Racist?

7. Overcorrecting — Lack of skill and training behind the wheel. Panic. Racist?

6. Careless Driving — Being a bad driver is racist?

5. Distracted Driving — Distractions are racist? Cell phone use is racist? Trying to get the cookie that fell onto the passenger side floor is racist?

4. Failure to Yield — Selfishly insisting on having your own way is racist?

3. Veering into Another Lane — You got us there, Pete. Veering was invented by cis white males.

2. Drunk Driving — All kidding aside, does Buttigieg really want to suggest minorities are more likely to make the terrible decision to drive while inebriated?

1. Speeding — Speeding is the leading cause of traffic fatalities. In all seriousness, how exactly does racial discrimination play into someone’s decision to violate speed laws?

Buttigieg is right that 40,000 traffic deaths a year is far too many. Cutting that down dramatically is literally in our hands … and our right feet. 

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Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTRGabParler, and now at TRUTH Social.

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