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Stillborn Ella Breathes Anew After Being Frozen for 72 Hours

by Kathy Jones on March 3, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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 Stillborn Ella Breathes Anew After Being Frozen for 72 Hours

A British baby who was stillborn after suffocating due to lack of oxygen for 25 minutes inside the womb was brought back to life after being kept in a frozen state was three days.

Ella Anderson was rushed to the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after medics had managed to revive her after the birth. There she was kept at a frozen state, reducing her body temperature to under 33.5C in order to prevent further brain damage and the temperature was increased by half a degree at a time after 72 hours.

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Nine months later Ella has shown no abnormalities due to the procedure even though she requires physiotherapy. Ella's consultant paediatrician, Dr Topun Austin said that the cooling procedure is very important to babies to are unable to get the required amount of oxygen during birth.

"Cooling is now universally seen as the standard of care for all infants who suffer from a lack of oxygen at birth like Ella. It is very important that infants eligible for this cooling treatment are identified early, as the sooner cooling start the better", Dr Austin said.




Source: Medindia
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