Doctors ‘freeze’ baby to save his life

Newborn with racing heart condition saved using pioneering ice gel treatment


A newborn baby’s life has been saved after doctors froze his body for four days.


Edward Ives was given a five per cent chance of survival after being born with Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

The potentially fatal racing heart condition, which stops blood being delivered to vital organs, caused Edward’s heart to race at more than 300 beats per minute, instead of the average of 160.

Doctors swiftly took action and wrapped him in a cold gel blanket to bring his temperature down and make sure his organs weren’t deprived of oxygen.

His body was cooled down from 37C to 33.3C in just four days. 

“It was horrible to see him lying there freezing in nothing but a nappy,” said his mother Claire, reports the Telegraph.

“He was heavily sedated so didn’t move much and he was cold to touch – it looked like he was dead.”

“All I wanted to do was scoop him up and give him a warm cuddle. I just had to keep reminding myself that it was saving his life.”

Edward, now six-months-old, has made a full recovery.

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