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Boy Found Nearly Frozen Discharged

March 21, 2001

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) _ A 2-year-old Wisconsin boy who nearly froze to death after wandering outside in subzero temperatures has left the hospital with a positive prognosis.

Les ``Paulie″ Hynek was released Tuesday from the Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital.

``He was talking and waving goodbye and really doing very well,″ Mayo spokesman John Murphy said.

Mark Hynek found his son face down in the snow Feb. 27. It’s unclear why the boy went out or how long he was outside.

When Paulie was found, his body temperature was in the low 60s.

Dr. Randall Flick, director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Mayo, said the boy left the hospital with two lingering areas of concern: the frostbite to his hands and the possibility of long-term brain injury.

Paulie’s heart temporarily stopped pumping blood and oxygen to his brain, but the cold slowed his brain activity, decreasing its need for nutrients.

``Really, we will have to wait months, or even years, to know whether there are even subtle forms of brain injury,″ Flick said.

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