- By DeeDee Stiepan
Minnesota boy involved in boating accident discharged from hospital after making miraculous recovery
Five-year-old Vincent Koenig is heading home from Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, after making a miraculous recovery from a boating accident.
The little boy from Red Wing, Minnesota, was rescued from the Mississippi River after his family's boat was struck by a barge. While Vincent was wearing a life jacket, he was submerged underwater between 10 and 12 minutes. His dad spotted his orange shoes and pulled him ashore.
People on-site performed CPR for 30 to 45 minutes, according to his CaringBridge site. Miraculously, Vincent suffered no long-term brain damage.
Now he is walking and talking again. And after seven long weeks in the hospital, he was discharged.
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Little Vincent was all smiles Friday afternoon when his care team surprised him with a special send-off. Along with hospital staff, they lined the halls to cheer Vincent on with noisemakers and bubbles, and wish him well.
A limo ride was next. Vincent and his family then home to Red Wing where the community arranged a huge welcome home event at the high school.