Boy revived after being dead for 20 minutes

Boy revived after dramatic sea rescue. Photo via MSNBC

MSNBC has posted the photoblog and report of the dramatic rescue and revival of a boy swept out to sea. On Friday, August 5th, a church youth group was visiting a beach in Long Beach, WA. Two boys from the group were caught in a rip tide and unable to free themselves from the water. Bystanders were able to pull one of the boys from the water, but could not reach the other. Emergency rescue was dispatched and arrived on the scene within ten minutes. It took about fifteen additional minutes for the team to locate the second boy, Dale Ostrander, and remove him from the water.

Paramedic teams were waiting on the beach and began treatment immediately. They treated him on the beach for ten minutes despite no apparent signs of life. Ostrander was taken to the hospital where they were able to find a weak pulse and he began to breathe again. He was put into an induced coma for a couple of days after which he woke up.

It is still too early to say what kind of damage might have occurred from being dead for upwards of 20 minutes. Doctors were pleased to report that when his breathing tube was removed, Ostrander spoke complete sentences and appears to be doing well.


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