- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — An 11-year-old boy said a TV show about surviving an avalanche helped him when he was buried by one at a ski resort.

“Create air pockets,” Max Zilvitis told himself, recalling a show on the Discovery Channel.

That’s about all he remembers from the avalanche that buried him for about 30 minutes Sunday and killed a 30-year-old Colorado man at the Canyons.

Max was blue and unconscious when found by rescuers. He regained consciousness Monday at Primary Children’s Medical Center and went home last week.

Doctors kept Max’s body temperature low, around 94 degrees, to minimize potential brain swelling, said his mother, Samantha Zilvitis. He stayed on a respirator and was monitored as his body temperature slowly increased. But when Max’s body wasn’t warming up as anticipated, doctors cut off medication and aggressively started to wake him up, father Brian Zilvitis said.

He immediately asked: “What happened to me? Where are my skis? Where’s my pass? Where’s my jacket?” his mother told the Deseret Morning News.


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