Hypothermia could be the cause of a baby pronounced dead in Toronto, Canada. A 20-year-old woman complained to her mother of having stomach cramps and told her mother she needed to get to the hospital, according to Yahoo! News, Feb. 19, 2013.
On the journey walking to the hospital, the girl had the baby in temperatures of 3 degrees Fahrenheit to Humber River Regional Hospital. The baby was delivered without vital signs.
911 was called and Toronto EMS rushed the mother and baby to the hospital where the newborn was pronounced dead. Two Toronto police officers were assigned to stay in the room with the baby, per hospital procedure, who was covered with a sheet, while waiting for the coroner to arrive. But 90 minutes later, the officers observed the sheet moving and notified hospital staff.
Thank God the staff worked quickly and now both baby and mother are in stable condition.
After the incident the hospital released a statement saying that they are reviewing, “…all aspects of care provided in this case, including the extensive resuscitation efforts by hospital physicians and staff beginning in the ambulance itself when it arrived at the hospital."
An expert doctor says, vital signs are extremely difficult to detect in the case of hypothermia.