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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Los Tucanes De Tijuana Have The Key To The City Of Coachella And It Just Makes Sense

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Los Tucanes De Tijuana Have The Key To The City Of Coachella And It Just Makes Sense

Back in January when Coachella announced its lineup, norteño fans were excited to see Los Tucanes de Tijuana booked for the two-weekend festival. Most known for their song “La Chona,” the group is one of the most widely celebrated bands in norteño music. Making it onto the Coachella lineup would have been reason enough to celebrate but this week the group got even more good news. According to KESQ, the group was presented with the keys to the city of Coachella ahead of their landmark performance in Indio, California this weekend.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana are the first artists in the festival’s history to be awarded the key to the city of Coachella.

On Thursday, they will be presented with a key to the city of Coachella, according to Goldenvoice, the promoter of the Coachella festival. The ceremony took place on April 11 at the Coachella Library, a Q&A followed with a discussion about the band and their impact in the Coachella valley.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana began their musical careers in 1987 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, which is less than four hours away from Indio. Hit singles like “La Chona,” “Mis Tres Animales,” and “El Tucanazo” put the norteño music genre on the map that spread into the U.S. Overall, the group has sold over 14 million albums worldwide and has amassed a huge following.

The group has various ties the Coachella Valley, which makes their upcoming performance more special.

While some might not know, the group has close ties to the city of Coachella. The group started playing in Coachella in their early days at a club known as La Copacabana. Even various members of the group, Mario Quintero Lara, David Servin Raya, Tomas Herrera, Gustavo Labrada Valenzuela, and Alfredo Gonzalez Gonzalez, have family who lives in the area. Their group manager also comes from Coachella.

“The band has close ties to the city,” Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez told the Desert Sun. “We can identify with them.”

As well as receiving the honor, Los Tucanes de Tijuana will become the first norteño band to take the stage at Coachella.

The group will be leaving their mark at Coachella by becoming the first norteño band to take the stage at the festival. As well as Coachella, the group will be performing at CHELLA on Wednesday, April 17.

It’s a landmark moment for the group in terms of representation on a mainstream U.S. festival. All of this is well deserved recognition for the group that has supplied the soundtrack to countless quinceaneras and backyard parties.

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