IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — It was New Year’s Eve, and Irvine doctor Amir Yazdan had just bought a new Porsche back east.
KNX 1070’s Diane Thompson reports he was at a Shell gas station fueling up for his trip back home from rural South Carolina when everything changed.
“The scene was chaotic, you know, people screaming, people on the ground that were just praying,” Yazdan, 32, recalled. “And I was praying, saying, ‘Please God, don’t let this kid go’.”
Yazdan ran across the street to find Marjie Britz frantic as her 11-year-old son, Tiger Winge, lay lifeless in the back of a vehicle.
He grabbed the boy out of the car and laid him on the side of the road.
When Britz told Yazdan that her son had asthma, the hair transplant doctor and part-time emergency room physician went right to work.
“I just started CPR on him right then and there,” he said. “I think after about two minutes or so, he got a pulse back, and I was like, ‘Let’s keep going’.”
After around three minutes, Winge finally took a breath – what Yazdan called a “miracle”.
“I was about a half a second away from getting in my car and driving away,” Yazdan said. “My friend texted me and said, “Hey, send me some pictures of the car’, and I got out of the car and snapped the photo.”
Yazdan added he had just grabbed the car handle to get back inside and drive off when he heard the mother’s cries for help.
An emergency response team arrived shortly after that to transport Winge to the hospital, where nurses revived the boy with an adrenaline shot.
Britz later told Yazdan that she was on her way to the hospital after Winge was having trouble breathing minutes earlier, saying, “Mom, I can’t breathe, I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die.”
Yazdan, who says he plans to get a personalized license plate in honor of the boy, said he sees a greater purpose in the events of that day than mere happenstance.
“There’s no way that this was just coincidence that this happened,” he said. “There was a stronger power that put all of this together.”