Our tiny miracle'
PUBLISHED: 16:47 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010
PARENTS of a toddler who survived for 20 minutes under water after she fell in to a swimming pool have labelled her a miracle baby .
PARENTS of a toddler who survived for 20 minutes under water after she fell in to a swimming pool have labelled her a 'miracle baby'.
Three-year-old Oluchi Nwaubani defied doctors who wanted to turn off her life-support machine after the terrifying ordeal in September last year.
After spending the past three months in hospital she is now recovering at home and is eating and speaking normally.
Her father Junior, 40, of Laburnum Way, Bromley, said: "She is a miracle baby.
The doctors told us she wouldn't make it but she clung on which was a big surprise for the medical world.
"They said there was no hope at all but we told them we believed she would be okay.
"We kept praying and we had a lot of people praying for us. That helped get us through.
"We are delighted that she is doing well. There is still a little way to go but we know she will get back to perfect."
The tot, who was two at the time, had been playing in a friend's garden with her older sisters, Ria and Amarachi, when she wandered off and fell into a swimming pool, which had been covered, and sank to the bottom.
She was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and then to Great Ormond Street, where a brain scan showed that she had been starved of oxygen for 18 minutes, twice the amount of time a person can normally survive without air.
Her parents were told even if she did conquer the odds and survive, she wouldn't be able to walk, talk or pass urine because her kidneys had failed.
But the resilient toddler battled for survival and was breathing on her own again after three days in intensive care.
Mr Nwaubani, a prison officer, added: "After five days, she opened her eyes and said 'mummy'.
"We told the doctors but they didn't believe us. But later on she waved at them. They couldn't believe it.
"Now she is walking around and talking."