Newborn saved with car headlight gas

Gas usually used in car headlights prevented baby from suffering brain damage

After being born by caesarean without a pulse, medics warned little Riley Joyce’s parents that their newborn baby would have a 50% chance of being brain damaged. However, in a bid to reduce damage to Riley’s brain, professors at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol used an alternative method of cooling his brain – using car headlight gas!


The xenon gas, which is commonly used in blue car headlights, was given to baby Riley as a cooling agent to help his brain recover after being starved of oxygen. Riley inhaled the gas chemical and is now recovering.


“We are extremely grateful to get this opportunity,” Riley’s parents David and Sarah Joyce have said.

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