12-Year-Old Boy Survives After Being Held Under Water for 25 Minutes

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A 12-year-old boy was held under water for 25 minutes before rescuers pulled him out. Yet Dale Ostrander miraculously survived.

He was swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach when he was dragged under the water by a rip tide. A young girl he was with heard him screaming for help and attempted to save him on her surfboard.

"I was paddling with the other arm. He was kicking. And we just got farther out there," she said. "And I was so upset. I'm like, 'I can't die here. This isn't the end."'

When rescuers got to him he was neither conscious nor breathing.

After the young boy received CPR a miracle happened – he regained a heartbeat. His parents feared that his brain would be dead though.

A helicopter airlifted Ostrander to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. There he was place in a medically-induced coma.

"They never expected him to live," said his father, Chad Ostrander. "They expected him to be a vegetable -- never walk, never talk, never say a word."

On Sunday night, doctors tried one more time to reach the boy, and when they called his name he opened his eyes and blinked. Then on Monday, something even more surprising happened.

A medical helicopter flew Dale to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma. The prognosis looked hopeless all weekend.

"We were trying to get him to cough, to get the congestion (cleared). (I told him,) 'You need to cough,'" said his mother, Kristen Ostrander. "And he coughed once. (And we said) 'OK, you need to do it again.' 'I don't need to' is what he said."

The doctors and his parents were blown away.

"That was when we knew, hey, maybe there is a miracle that's happening here," Chad said. "We understand hopelessness, but we also understand faith. God can work miracles."


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