View Full Version : miracle boy survives after 20 minutes under icy water

01-27-2010, 06:47 PM
this particular article is almost a week old but they had a story on the news yesterday, and the boy seems perfectly fine!

01-28-2010, 09:15 AM
That is such an amazing story!!!

01-28-2010, 10:21 PM
This is an amazing story with a great outcome. I have heard of numerous cases where someone drowns, in icy water, being brought back after being
submerged for an extended period. They say the icy water is a blessing
because it preserves your organs when the oxygen is cut off.

Cinder & Smoke
01-28-2010, 11:01 PM
These COLD underwater survivals are thanks to >>>

Mammalian diving reflex
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The mammalian diving reflex optimizes respiration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respiration_(physiology)) which allows mammals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammal) to stay underwater
for a long time. It is exhibited strongly in aquatic mammals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_mammal) (seals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinniped),<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-pmid2800051_0-0>[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammalian_diving_reflex#cite_note-pmid2800051-0)</SUP> otters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otter), dolphins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin), etc.),
but exists in a weaker version in other mammals, including humans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human).
Diving birds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diving_bird), such as penguins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin), have a similar diving reflex.
Every animal's diving reflex is triggered specifically by cold water contacting the face (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face)<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-pmid636078_1-0>[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammalian_diving_reflex#cite_note-pmid636078-1)</SUP>
water that is warmer than 21 C (70 F) does not cause the reflex,
and neither does submersion of body parts other than the face.
Also, the reflex is always exhibited more dramatically,
and thus can grant longer survival, in young individuals.

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