|What Happens to Your Body When You Drown?|
by Erik McLaughlin, M.D., M.P.H.
You can only go a few seconds without oxygen before organ damage begins. The brain is typically the first affected. Here are the steps a body may go through when drowning.
This complex reaction can cause a variety of other problems as well. That’s one of many reasons most experts are beginning to use the term “water-immersion injury” to describe these problems, rather than “drowning” and “near drowning.”
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Re: Mammalian Diving reflex/near drowning
written by Leigh Ann , February 28, 2011
That is fascinating, Senior Chief Benafel. Thank you for sharing your story.
Leigh Ann Otte
Managing Editor, MyFamilyDoctorMag.com
Mammalian Diving reflex/near drowning
written by Senior Chief Eric Benafel , February 25, 2011
I have worked for the United States Coast Guard for over 32 years.
One case that is remarkable and stays with me:
A near drowning case that the child recovered... after being under water for more than an hour. Fresh water near drowning, South Umpqua River, Days Creek Oregon. Nine year old child.