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Posted: March 14, 2017

Toddler survives near-drowning, parents credit power of prayer

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By Natalie Dreier

Cox Media Group National Content Desk


An Oregon family is praising the power of prayer for saving their toddler. 

Matty Cunningham, 22 months old, got away from his family last week and was later found floating in a neighbor's pond.

Family members started CPR on the little boy, not knowing how long he had been in the water.

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His father Matthew Cunningham told KBOI that his son was blue and appeared dead when they pulled him from the pond, KBOI reported.

As Matty's mother did chest compressions, his siblings were praying, asking God for a miracle.

When he arrived at the emergency room, doctors said he had faint vital signs and his blood work was not looking good.

But the family had a glimmer of hope. 

Against all odds, an MRI showed a normal brain scan, KBOI reported.

Within hours, Matty was showing no signs of the trauma that he suffered.

The family, who calls themselves religious, are crediting a higher power for Matty's quick recovery.

"We just fell to our knees and thanked God," Matthew Cunningham told KBOI. "Praising God. You almost wonder if you're going to wake up. It's just a dream that's too good to be true. You're just going to wake up from it. My son is dead and now he's alive. It defies any logic. This is just a miracle."

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