A frightening medical condition led doctors to “freeze” a baby for four days to try to stabilize his heart. The baby, named Edward, was born with supraventricular tachycardia and was delivered at just 35 weeks. Doctors told his parents he had just a five percent chance at survival, but now he is doing well. Fox News shared the latest details on this inspiring and amazing story on Feb. 13.
Little Edward was born at the University College London Hospital, and his heart was racing at over 300 beats per minute right after his birth. The doctors had to “freeze” the baby by lowering his body temperature to 91 degrees to give him a chance to survive. Baby Edward was in very rough shape for about four days, and then his heart rate went back to a normal range and doctors slowly warmed him up to 98.6 degrees.
Metro News reports that Edward spent a month at the hospital, but he has since gone home and seems to be a healthy, happy baby boy. His parents, Claire and Phillip Ives, went through some tough times in those early days, obviously, but Edward's mother says getting him home felt like a dream come true. The decision for doctors to “freeze” the baby was considered a pioneering treatment, but luckily it did the trick. Many marvel at the techniques available to doctors today that can take frighteningly low survival odds and turn things around so miraculously.