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A two-year-old girl has made an almost complete recovery after spending nearly 20 minutes at the bottom of a pool. Scans showed Oluchi Nwaubani had been starved of oxygen for some 18 minutes - three times longer than the brain can usually survive - in Bromley, London. Despite being warned that even if she were to live she may never walk or talk again, her parents say she can run around and say "what she wants".

2009-02-10

 water drowning oxygen breathing survival cold
A Swiss freediver held his breath underwater for 19 minutes and 21 seconds, according to news reports this week. The gasp-inducing feat beat the previous world record by 19 seconds, and blew away the record of 17 minutes and four seconds that magician David Blaine set on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 2008.

2010-02-17

 breathing time oxygen water training pain trick
One type of turtle possesses an extraordinary organ that allows it to breathe underwater and stay submerged for many months.

2010-05-20

 turtle tongue breathing water
An agency nurse working for the NHS was filmed switching off her patient's life support machine by mistake. Tetraplegic Jamie Merrett, 37, had a bedside camera set up at his home in Wiltshire, after becoming concerned about the care he was receiving. Within days, it captured the moment Violetta Aylward switched off the ventilator, leaving him brain-damaged.

2010-10-24

 nurse patient breathing paralysis