Toddler Nearly Dies on Airsoft Gun Pellet, Is Saved by Sutter Surgeon
“She went from near-death to back home in 24 hours.”
That’s how Daniel Falco, M.D., co-medical director of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Children’s Center, sums up the story of Genevieve Sayers, the 18-month-old daughter of of Marissa and Kevin Sayers of Rocklin.
During breakfast on Jan. 29, Evie suddenly stopped breathing, turned purple and stopped responding. Her parents rushed her to the nearby fire station and an ambulance took her to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she was stabilized and sent by ambulance to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Children’s Center for emergency pediatric surgery. Doctors at the Sutter Children’s Center didn’t expect the child to survive the transport, but the Sutter Critical Care Team kept her alive.
Once at the hospital, she was expected to be put on a heart-and-lung-bypass machine called ECMO, but pediatric surgeon Joy Graf, M.D., was miraculously able to extract the pellet quickly.
Once awakened from sedation, Evie was back to her rambunctious self and left the hospital the next morning. The story illustrates how the Sutter staffs in Roseville and Sacramento worked together to work a miracle.
“I never thought I would appreciate attitude from a child,” mom Marissa Sayers says, “but every screech or flailing arm means that she is still our same little girl. … Everyone hug their kids tight; your world can change in the blink of an eye.”