Wednesday, August 10, 2011 17:01 PDT
Generally, the chances of surviving a near-drowning increase when a person is young, the water is cold and the time spent underwater is short. Dr. Mark Morocco, an emergency room doctor at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said medical literature cites at least one case in which a person survived after being submerged for about an hour.
Morocco said the fact that Dale was wearing long sleeves probably helped him.
It is not clear how long the boy was actually underwater. Mendez said about 15 minutes elapsed between the time rescuers were dispatched and the time Dale was pulled from the ocean.
Morocco, who was not involved in Dale’s care, said swift treatment was key. He credited rescuers for continuing resuscitation efforts even though the boy lacked a pulse and reflexes.
“When this kid came out of the surf, he looked dead,” he said. “But you have to ignore the fact that he looks dead” and give CPR.
Dale starting talking on Monday. When his parents encouraged him to cough to clear his throat, he replied, “I don’t have to.”
Doctors have cautioned his parents that even if Dale survives, he could have permanent brain damage.
The physicians “were very clear that he had been under for too long, had been without oxygen for too long,” Kirsten Ostrander said. “We trust (God) no matter what.”
Dale will need speech and physical therapy, and can’t get out of his hospital bed yet, his father said.
“Things are going along better than anyone expected so at this point we’re very happy,” he said.
“Honestly, all of the doctors’ prospects are very negative. They’re very honest and blunt. But they said every once in a while there’s a miracle, and we don’t want to give up on that,” Ostrander said.
Dale has uttered a few more words. Ostrander said that when he told him he couldn’t get out of bed, “He reared up and said, `Yes, I can.'”
Two more words came Wednesday, when Nicole Kissel visited him.
She said he seemed to have trouble focusing his eyes for most of the 15-minute reunion. But as she left, he made eye contact for the first time and said, “Thank you.”
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
4 (D is the 4th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 12 (l is the 12th letter of the alphabet) = 17
So the number 17 rules his ages zero to twenty-seven.
17 = Miracles. Angels. Staying positive. Optimism. Inspirational. Respiration. Oxygen.