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Drowning boy, 5, survived despite heart stopping for nearly two hours

A drowning five-year-old boy somehow survived after his heart stopped beating for almost two hours.

The youngster slipped and fell into the fish pond in Zongchang, Yibin City, in China and struggled to free himself.

Passersby dashed to help the child and plucked him face-down from the water.

Paramedics who found him lifeless and not breathing attempted CPR for some 40 minutes.

His desperate mother and granddad begged medics to continue and, after a full 110 minutes, he started breathing again.

Medics had used assisted breathing to aid the youngster, who remains in hospital .

The boy’s grandfather weeps after the ordeal

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Doctor Wan Bo, from Yibin Orthopaedics Hospital, today said: "I didn’t have the heart to call time of death."

He called the boy’s revival a "miracle", saying he had never seen a patient regain consciousness after such a long time without a heartbeat in his 14 years in the profession.

The boy will now receive oxygen treatment for suspected brain damage.

But it’s still unclear whether he will suffer any long-term effects from the ordeal.

Drowning occurs when the respiratory system fails as a result of being in or under liquid.

A rescuer points at the pond into which the youngster fell

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Symptoms often include breathing problems, vomiting, confusion, or unconsciousness.

However some symptoms may not appear until up to six hours afterwards.

There were an estimated 4.5 million cases of unintentional drowning in 2015.

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