If 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)