Toddler Survived 18 Minutes Under Water

Toddler Survived 18 Minutes Under Water

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toddler-survives-drowning.jpgIf a little girl falls into a freezing swimming pool and was deprived of oxygen for 18 minutes – three times longer than the brain can normally survive, doctors don’t hold much hope for her.

Brain scans showed little activity.  “Doctor said to me, basically they’ve not seen a child been in the water this long and pull through,” recalls her father, Junior.

But some young children, particularly babies, have a special reflex that they had when they were in utero called the diving reflex, which essentially slows the body’s metabolism down to almost nothing. That is what saved three-year-old Oluchi Nwaubani. (Read more at CBS, or watch the video below)