Patient Comments: Drowning - What Happens

Question:

If you had a near drowning experience, please describe what happened and how it felt. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Zainb, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 08

I experienced near drowning about 40 years ago, now I cannot inflate my lung enough, and I have a feeling of shortness of breath especially when I am speaking to public. I think it is a complication of the accident.

Comment from: Phyl, 65-74 (Patient) Published: February 11

I suffered from near drowning when my husband attempted to rescue 2 swimmers in trouble. One of them pulled him under water twice. He threw her off of himself and she landed on me. She pulled me under 4 times. After wondering while under water what I was doing in this situation I didn't believe my time was up. After being pulled down for the 4th time I remembered something my mother told me over 30 years ago. A drowning person in his panic would try to drown you. You should grab her hair from behind. I was able to grab her long hair and go to the surface and ask for help. I ended up with aspiration pneumonia, a heart attack and in the ICU for 4 days plus 3 more days at the hospital. I had 60 percent water in my lungs and was in acute danger from aspiration pneumonia. Through a miracle I survived the pneumonia and heart attack. It is now 6 months later and I am still struggling physically, mentally and emotionally. I am 70 years old.

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