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Drowning and CPR

Someone is nearly drowned. They were brought out of the water shortly after passing out: would it make sense for them to wake up on their own without someone having to give them mouth to mouth resusitation or CPR? Or is that unrealistic considering how the body is capable of surviving a near drowning experience?

Would it be unrealistic for them to cough up water after being brought out of the water, yet remain unconscious? Or can you only cough up water after awakening?

Any additional information on the possibility of surviving a near drowning experience while remaining unconcious would be appreciated.

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In the case of drowning, the primary issue that is threatening survival is the fact that water, instead of air, occupies the lungs and therefore no air exchange can occur. As the body runs out of oxygen, the body shuts down and eventually the person dies.

As a result, unless the water is removed from the lungs, no air exchange can occur and the person has no chance of becoming revived. Reflexively, individuals will push things which are not suppose to be in the airway by coughing it out, if the person is conscious. If you have choked on anything before, you will know this feeling. It's fairly ...

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The additional information on the possibility of surviving a near drowning experience while remaining unconscious would be appreciated is determined.

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