It's incredible the teen stowaway lived through the five-and-a-half hour flight from California to Hawaii in the plane's wheel well given the intense pressure from altitude and below freezing temperatures he experienced.
The temperature outside the plane at 38,000 ft. would be between -60 to -80 degrees Fahrenheit. With heat from the wheels and from hydraulic fluid lines, the temperature where the teen hid would be around -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Which begs the question – how did he survive?
Answer: Hypoxia and hypothermia.
On "New Day" Thursday, Dr. John Boockvar, an expert on neuroscience, said hypoxia is the result of a lack of oxygen in the body, which can cause a person to lose consciousness.
High altitudes are known to restrict oxygen flow to the body.
Dr. Boockvar says this condition is akin to sending a person into hibernation:
"Think of an animal that has to hibernate. It goes into a deep sleep – sleeping to such an extent that all of its organs are asleep. The body survives because you don't need the same food or oxygen requirements that you do when you're warm."
Hypothermia can also help people survive in extreme conditions.
When your body goes into hypothermia, it redirects warm blood flow from your extremities to the core portions of the body – the internal organs and the brain – in an effort to keep them working.
After someone who is essentially hibernating and frozen gets medical attention – doctors can sometimes save lives with a device known as the Arctic Sun.
This helps physicians slowly warm a patient’s body.
Miraculously, an hour after the plane landed at Kahului Airport, the boy regained consciousness and was captured on security footage crawling out of the left main gear area of the plane.
It's still unclear if he will suffer any lasting effects from the journey.
HERE ARE TWO OTHER REMARKABLE CASES OF HYPOTHERMIA & SURVIVAL:
Marcia Page, 43 – Skiing Accident
In 2001, while snowboarding on Oregon's Mount Hood, Marcia Page, 43, a neonatal nurse, fell off a 65-foot cliff.
Page laid in the snow for 45 min. at 6,000 ft. Hypothermia set in and brought her body temperature down to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
David Samuels, 63 – Spent Night in Snow Bank
When Wisconsin resident David Samuels, 63, was found in a snow bank he had no pulse for more than 30 minutes.
His body temperature dropped to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here's another case where a woman cheated death.
By Ana Cabrera and Elizabeth Stuart, CNN
Snowmass, Colorado (CNN) - It's been seven months since Dennis Burns has had any contact with his two young daughters. No visits, no Skype, no phone calls, no communication at all.
But all that could change in the next few weeks.
His daughters are victims of an international abduction.
Burns' ex-wife, Ana Alianelli, spirited away the children, 7-year-old Victoria and 5-year-old Sophia, from their home in Colorado and fled to her native Argentina more than 3½ years ago, violating a court order.
"You know I think about them a lot," Burns told CNN in an exclusive interview. "I dream about them a lot. I can feel their little hugs around my body. I just want to hug them back, and it's super painful."
Burns has devoted his life savings and all his time to fighting what's become a messy international legal battle.
His odyssey now appears to be reaching a conclusion: Argentina's Supreme Court has denied the last of appeals by his ex-wife this year, which means Burns has won his case. The final step will be an order of return from the U.S. State Department and a date to transfer custody of the girls to him.
It all began in September 2010, when Burns and Alianelli were divorcing and found themselves at an impasse: Alianelli wanted to relocate to Buenos Aires, and Burns wanted to stay in Colorado.
After a 13-month custody battle, a Colorado judge ruled in favor of Burns, declaring him the primary residential parent.
"I felt a sense of relief that was just beautiful," he told CNN last November, when "New Day" first presented his story. "I was like, 'I'm going to be able to spend time with my daughters, finally, and live with them and be able to teach them things, and show them things."
Just three weeks later, Alianelli flew the girls out of the United States on their Argentine passports. They've been living with her in Buenos Aires ever since.
Editor’s note: Gabby Douglas is a US Women's Artistic gymnast who won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. With athletes headed to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to begin on Feb. 7, Douglas shared these insights about life in the Olympic Village in an interview with CNN’s Melissa Kondak, who summarizes Douglas’ points here:
1. The cafeteria was huge. It was at least 3 football fields long and it had all the nationalities of food you can imagine, including my favorite kind of food, Chinese. There were also different stands that sold stuff like bread and hot chocolate.
2. There was a strict curfew, especially for the gymnasts. I was a minor—I was 16—so there was a curfew for me that was either 10 or 11 o’clock. When I went to bed, I did hear loud music sometimes.
3. Security guards were everywhere and they were so strict. Even when we went back and forth to practice, they went on the bus with us and checked our credentials. They were like the military. It was tight. Security was on.
4. There was a really big game room filled with foosball tables, air hockey, wii and xbox games. There was even a recording studio where you could make your own music and sing. McKayla, Kyla, Aly and Jordyn, we all said we should totally make our own song.
5. This won’t apply to the Sochi Olympic Village, but every time we walked out of our rooms, we had to look out for bikers training for the triathlon, or speed walkers. They would go really fast and we’d try to not get run over.