Lack of oxygen and the brain

November 15, 2011

The near drowning of Dale Ostrander, a 12-year-old boy pulled underwater by a riptide in Long Beach, Washington, raises questions about how a lack of oxygen can affect the brain, and how someone submerged for more than 20 minutes can have survived at all. Providence neurologist, John Zurasky, M.D., shares his insights into the brain’s ability to survive and recover in a situation like this. Listen now.