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Doctors Freeze Baby to Save Life

by Sheela Philomena on February 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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 Doctors Freeze Baby to Save Life

London hospital doctors have saved the life of a new born by freezing him. Edward Ives was born with just a five percent chance of survival due to a condition called supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which causes the heart to race dangerously fast.

But thanks to a pioneering treatment at University College London Hospital, in which doctors dropped his core temperature by almost four degrees Centigrade, he has survived, the Telegraph reported.

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When Ives was born last August his heart was pumping at over 300 beats per minute, double the normal rate of 160.

Doctors wrapped the boy in a blanket of cold gel which dropped his temperature from 37C to 33.3C, to slow his metabolism, to prevent damage to vital organs such as the brain.
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After two days they slowly raised his temperature - but his heart rate rose again so they chilled him for a further two days.

His mother Claire, 29, said that it was horrible to see him lying there freezing in nothing but a nappy.

"He was heavily sedated so didn't move much, and he was cold to touch - it looked like he was dead. All I wanted to do was scoop him up and give him a warm cuddle. I just had to keep reminding myself that it was saving his life," she said.

During his treatment Ives also received shocks from a defibrillator five times, to return his heart from a potentially fatal rhythm to a safer one.

On the fourth day his heart started slowing to more normal levels, after which the medics slowly increased the temperature by one degree every 24 hours.

A month later she and her husband Phillip were finally allowed to take him home. Ives is now a happy six-month-old.

Source: ANI
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