Doctors Saved a Newborn's Life By "Freezing" Him For Four Days
This happened last August, but doctors are just now releasing details about an experimental procedure that SAVED a baby's LIFE. Edward Ives was born at University Hospital in London with a rare condition called supraventricular tachycardia. That meant that his heart was beating at 300 times a minute, which is nearly TWICE as fast as a normal baby's heart rate. He only had a 5% chance of survival.
But doctors decided to try something new, "freezing" Edward to slow his heart. They wrapped him in a blanket of cold gel, which lowered his temperature seven degrees, to 91 degrees for FOUR days. That slowed Edward's metabolism, and allowed his heart to find the proper rhythm. Then they slowly increased his temperature back to normal. He's now six months old and is perfectly healthy.