RED WING, Minnesota. – Exactly eight weeks after the day he almost drowned in the Mississippi River, 5-year-old Vincent Koenig returned home.
His mom Rachel Koenig calls it a miracle. As have the medical professionals who have helped him regain the ability to walk, talk and eat on his own since he was hospitalized on June 3.
Koenig was fishing on the Mississippi with his father and siblings when a barge came around a bend in the river and collided with their boat.
It is estimated that Koenig spent 10 to 12 minutes underwater before passers-by noticed his bright orange shoes and dragged him to a nearby dock.
Strangers began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while first responders made their way to the area.
“When we all went to bed that night, we all had no idea if he would survive. We didn’t think he would survive,” said Leanne Lohmann, who was on stage that day.
“Vincent was intubated for five days after the accident,” said Rachel Koenig. “Once he started waking up, we discovered that he did indeed have a brain injury due to the loss of oxygen.”
Rachel and Jeremy Koenig documented their son’s journey on the Bridge of Care page, detailing days filled with uncertainty and prayer.
Jeremy Koenig says doctors told him it could take a year and a half to fully recover. Instead, Vincent plans to return to school in the fall for kindergarten.
“Every day we face challenges. It was a big challenge for us,” said Jeremy Koenig. “But you grow out of these problems and realize how powerful you are because of these problems.”
“His progress is nothing short of a miracle,” said Rachel Koenig. “Being able to walk again, eat again, talk again was a truly inspiring sight, and that in itself is a miracle.”
Rachel and Jeremy Koenig hope that Vincent’s recovery will prove to others that God is good and that prayer can work.