Breaking News

Doctors freeze baby for 4 days to save his life

by Staff Reporter
12 February 2013 | 6323 Views
Doctors wrapped Edward Ives in a blanket filled with a cold gel to lower his heart rate in a pioneering treatment that saved the baby’s life. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/uk-baby-saved-literally-chilling-article-1.1262104#ixzz2KjRWyyNo
A newborn baby has been given a second shot at life thanks to pioneering doctors who "froze" his body for a whopping four days to combat his rare heart condition.




Edward Ives, now 6 months old, has made a remarkable recovery since he was born with supraventricular tachycardia in August 2012.

The deadly disorder, which left him with only a 5% chance of survival, causes the heart to race and severely reduces blood flow to vital organs.

Doctors at the University College London Hospital decided to cool the tiny boy's body when his heart began speeding 300 beats per minute, almost double the normal rate at 160 bpm, shortly after his birth.

Physicians wrapped Ives in a blanket filled with a cold gel, causing his body temperature to plummet from 98.6 Fahrenheit to 91.9.

"It was horrible to see him lying there freezing in nothing but a nappy" Ives's mom, Claire Ives said. "He was heavily sedated so (he) didn't move much, and he was cold to touch ' it looked like he was dead."

The newborn's heart rate finally began to slow on the second day of cooling and Claire and her husband were cautiously optimistic.

Edward's parents, however, faced another fright when their son's heart rate started racing again the same day, forcing the doctors to keep cooling Edward for another two days.

"We just had to live minute by minute; we couldn't look ahead because we didn't know what the future held," Claire said.

Edward's heart rate finally normalized on the fourth day. Doctors increased his body temperature by half a degree every 12 hours as the infant slowly showed signs of improvement.

"I couldn't believe it, I was absolutely overjoyed," Claire said. "I wanted to be cautious, because I was aware that he could go into an abnormal rhythm again, but it was amazing."

It was the end of a long ordeal for the courageous mother who said she first knew something "wasn't right" when she was about 35 weeks pregnant.

I had one of those things where you could listen to your baby's heartbeat," Claire explained. "I did it one evening and noticed that his heart was beating really fast."

 Claire, a nurse, alerted doctors who told her that there was "a very high chance" her son would die.

"All I could think of was how I was going to tell my other children, Joscelyn and Hayden ' they'd been so excited to have a baby brother," she said.

It remains unclear what caused Edward's condition.

The baby, however, is now happy and healthy at home.

"There had been so many times when we thought he'd never come home," Claire said. "It's just been wonderful."

Doctors freeze supraventricular tachycardia

Source: NYD

Comments

News Updates via Email

Email:

News Updates via WhatsApp

Latest News

'When I die, Zimbabwe will be free' - The late ZANLA supremo General J...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 1 Views

Mugabe order Zanu-PF members to stop abusing social media

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 55 Views

Family accused of witchcraft - ANGRY villagers chased away four famili...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 191 Views

Man sentenced to 20 yrs for defiling daughters

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 283 Views

Woman wants her gun confiscated by police back - PHILISIWE Cele wants ...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 218 Views

Zanu-PF to take over Harare - Zanu-PF Harare political commissar Shadr...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 1036 Views

Fed-up teachers to toyi-toyi - Zimbabwe's rural teachers say they will...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 813 Views

More purges loom in MDC - Months before the Movement for Democratic Ch...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 542 Views

War Veterans develop cold feet - Boisterous fighters of the liberation...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 971 Views

'Shut up,' says Grace Mugabe - First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe says Zanu-PF...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 1138 Views

Mugabe slates feuding bigwigs - President Mugabe yesterday condemned P...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 468 Views

G40 campaigns for Madzongwe - Zanu-PF bigwigs opposed to embattled Vic...

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2016 | 673 Views

Chinyoka now a legal nuisance - A UK based Zimbabwean lawyer and gover...

by Tafara Shumba | 11 February 2016 | 1049 Views

Government is prepared for the natural disaster - Watching Vice Presid...

by Rufaro Mufundirwa | 11 February 2016 | 902 Views

UK-based Zimbo quits job to 'sing for God' - A UK-based Zimbabwean pro...

by Xolisani Nyathi | 11 February 2016 | 1490 Views

Sex worker screams rape as married man fails to pay for services - A M...

by Melody Baya | 11 February 2016 | 2528 Views

Chief Sibasa's methods irritate parents - CHIEF Sibasa's popularity ra...

by Kamangeni Phiri | 11 February 2016 | 1456 Views

RBZ making all the right noises but… - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ...

by Vince Musewe | 11 February 2016 | 686 Views

Tsvangirai invades Masvingo - MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is in M...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 1323 Views

Private school likely to increase fees - PRIVATE schools could be forc...

by Auxilia Katongomara | 11 February 2016 | 2183 Views

Church members nabbed for digs up grave in-search of 'riches'

by Walter Mswazie | 11 February 2016 | 2193 Views

Magaya summoned over 11 deaths

by Patrick Chitumba | 11 February 2016 | 2464 Views

Zanu-PF politburo bans social media abuse

by Tendai Mugabe and Felex Share | 11 February 2016 | 2667 Views

Mugabe breathes fire, blast Zanu-PF bigwigs

by Felex Share | 11 February 2016 | 4110 Views

'Did Mugabe assign Charamba to warn successionists?' - Mahoka - Zanu-P...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 2293 Views

Zimbabwe average dam levels at 51% - Upper Ncema is almost dry

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 823 Views

Zimra warns clients to update their records

by Stephen Jakes | 11 February 2016 | 1261 Views

Mayor's attempt to defend Banda a desperate ploy

by Stephen Jakes | 11 February 2016 | 1175 Views

Residents unhappy over lack of development in Mandara - Mandara reside...

by Stephen Jakes | 11 February 2016 | 759 Views

NCA concerned over police on Tomana's arrest

by Stephen Jakes | 11 February 2016 | 1358 Views

Entertainment

Cont Mhlanga retires as wife takes over

by Bongani Ndlovu | 11 February 2016 | 1633 Views

Trevor Dongo's marriage collapses after 7 months

by Staff Reporter | 09 February 2016 | 6172 Views

1ns and 2s with DJ-Sticha - Business Advice for Aspiring Musicians

by DJ-Sticha | 08 February 2016 | 1265 Views

Double-decker bus blown up in London for 'The Foreigner'

by Staff Reporter | 07 February 2016 | 4474 Views

Every 12 hours a new artist is born into Zim's heavily contested gospel music industry

by Maxwell Teedzai Entertainment in Harare | 07 February 2016 | 1895 Views

Dog eat dog @ #NAMA2016 - THE sturdy list of nominees for the 15th edi...

by Prince Mushawevato | 07 February 2016 | 1226 Views

Bulawayo Music Awards appeal for support - The Bulawayo Music Awards h...

by Stephen Jakes | 05 February 2016 | 1439 Views
iBlog

What To Look For In Video Converter Software

looking for the best video converter software? you have to compare different video converters before making a purchase.the ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that ... Read More
Sergey 19 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago