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Two-year-old Mason with two of his primary nurses during his stay at the hospital where he received therapy.(

FAIR OAKS, California (Fox40/PIX11)– A 2-year-old California boy was considered dead by paramedics — until he returned to life 25 minutes later.

Mason Johnson of Fair Oaks was eating breakfast with his parents on the morning of  March 13 when he wandered off to their backyard pool. Moments later, his parents found him face down inside their pool.

“I just ran straight in and jumped in, picked him up,” Mason’s father, Dwight Johnson, told FOX40 in Sacramento.

Paramedics arrived two minutes after the distress call, but found no signs of life.

“When I grabbed Mason, he was pulseless. For a better terminology, he was dead,” Mike Binion, one of the paramedics who went to Johnson’s aid, said. “He was completely dead.”

He was rushed to a local hospital where he was revived with the use of a defibrillator 25 minutes later.

“A lot of people didn’t think he was gonna make it,” Crystal Johnson, his mother said. “But he showed us he had big plans on this earth.”

While Mason is alive, he suffered brain swelling that required him to go through speech and cognitive therapy for a month. His mother set up a donation page that detailed young Mason’s progress.

This isn’t the first time little Mason has gone against the odds. According to the CaringBridge website, he was born prematurely at eight months and spent his first two weeks of his life in a hospital.