LONDON: In a pioneering treatment, UK doctors have given a new lease of life to a baby suffering from a fatal heart condition by 'freezing' his body for four days.
Born with supra ventricular tachycardia (SVT), a condition which causes the heart to beats dangerously fast with little chance of survival.
But thanks to the 'miraculous' treatment at University College London Hospital, in which doctors dropped his core temperature by almost four degrees Centigrade, this little baby s This little baby saved, 'The Telegraph' reported.
To prevent injure to vital organs such as the brain, his body temperature was dropped to a state where his metabolism will slow down at 91.94 degree Fahrenheit from normal temperature of 98.6 degree Fahrenheit by wrapping the body with a blanket of cold gel.
After two days they slowly raised his temperature - but his heart rate rose again so they chilled him for a further two days.
"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, said his mother Claire Ives.
All I wanted to do was scooped 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, Edward 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 to normal.
"As soon as his heart started beating normally everything began to improve. He had been really puffy because his kidneys weren't working, but all of a sudden he looked like a normal baby again," Ives said.
A month later, Ives and her husband Phillip were finally allowed to take Edward home. Tolong Share ya ^^