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!

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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.

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

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