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A New Movie Is Telling The Story Of A Latino Teen Who Drowned And Died For An Hour But Came Back To Life

Back in 2015, John Smith, then 14, fell into a frozen lake in St. Charles, Missouri. Smith was playing with two friends out on a lake when they fell through the ice into freezing cold water below. While his two friends were saved, Smith went under the surface where he remained for 15 minutes. After first responders tried to revive him for nearly 45 minutes, they were ultimately unsuccessful. Then a miracle happened. Smith’s heart started beating again and he would walk out of the hospital 16 days later. Now, his story is being told in a new film, “Breakthrough,” which will share his rescue from near-death to miracle.

John Smith made national news when he fell through some ice and was pronounced dead for an hour before coming back to life.

Credit: John Smith / Facebook

As paramedics tried to save him, they transported him to a nearby hospital where CPR was performed but there was no response. Doctors believed there was nothing that could be done to save Smith and told his mother, Joyce, she could come see him.

When Joyce arrived, she began to pray over his body. She “walked up to the end of the bed and felt his feet, how cold and gray they were,” Joyce told PEOPLE magazine.

“I remembered in church all my life hearing this scripture that says, ‘The Holy Spirit will raise Christ Jesus from the dead,” Joyce recalls. “The minute I prayed ‘Holy Spirit, please come and give me back my son!’ his heartbeat started.”

Smith beat the odds despite being told he wouldn’t make it through the night.

Credit: John Smith / Facebook

What happened next is considered a medical miracle. John came back to life and eventually made a full recovery. Doctors say Smith had extensive brain damage and organ damage that would have normally killed a person. His religious family credits their faith and prayer as the reason behind the miracle.

Despite all this, there was still a small chance Smith would live. Doctors told his family there was a one percent chance Smith would make it through the night and still would face the unfortunate circumstance of being in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. Miraculously, Smith walked out of the hospital 16 days later.

Yet Smith isn’t the first to come back after being declared dead. According to the BBC, a 91-year-old woman in Poland woke up in a morgue 11 hours after doctors declared her dead. In Mississippi, a 78-year-old man who had been declared dead was found alive and kicking in a funeral home body bag, reported The Guardian.

Doctors call these cases the Lazarus syndrome, which happens when circulation spontaneously comes back to the body long after CPR has ended. There have been at least 38 cases of the incident occurring since first reported in medical literature in 1982.

His miraculous story has inspired more than just a movie but others to believe in medical miracles themselves.

Credit: John Smith / Facebook

Smith, who is now 18, is living proof of miracles. He was adopted as a child from Guatemala by Joyce and Brian Smith. While John has no recollection of the incident ever happening and didn’t suffer any permanent physical damage, he says before the incident he had an entirely different mindset on life.

“I had a lot of issues,” Smith told PEOPLE magazine. “I was chasing after what I wanted instead of what God had for me.”

Smith has since toured around the country to speak to young people about his story and has plans to attend a Christian college in Minnesota this fall. Now, his story is being re-told in the new film “Breakthrough.”

“I had to deal with answering the question of ‘Why me?’” Smith said. “After time and a lot of prayer and mentoring, I eventually saw that God is the only way to get through something like this.”

“Breakthrough” opens April 17.

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Inconceivable?

Just when we thought the ‘80s classic The Princess Bride was untouchable in terms of facing a remake, Quibi decided to take it on amid the current pandemic. According to The New York Post, the American short-form mobile video platform is going DIY with the beloved film. The celeb-studded film will see the stars use their phones to film and edit the series. The homemade fan film will premiere exclusively on the platform and will debut two chapters at a time.

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her husband Joe Jonas are set to play the lead romantic couple… with a twist.

Turner will take on the role of lovestruck Westley while Jonas will take on Princess Buttercup. Joining the couple is an all-star cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Zazie Beetz, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Actor Fred Savage, who played the role of The Grandson in the original film, will also return, this time as… The Grandson. So it will most certainly be funny.

“The actors will trade-off roles throughout scenes, each paying homage to The Princess Bride in their own unique way,” the New York Post reported about the fan-made film. The outlet also revealed that in order to keep up with scenes that require crowds, they’ll use Legos and stuffed animals.

Turns out COVID-19 inspires creativity?

Fortunately, this reboot has a pretty great purpose other than staving off boredom.

Quibi has pledged to donate $1 million in honor of the homemade fan-made film to give to World Central Kitchen, an organization striving to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

The first chapter of this quirky project is set to debut on June 29.