Skip to main content

To Save Newborn, Doctors 'Freeze' Baby


When Claire Ives was seven months pregnant with her third child, she used a handheld device to listen to her unborn son's heartbeat. As she turned the machine on, she thought something had malfunctioned.
"I thought I wasn't listening right or something," Ives, a nurse in London, told ABCNews.com. "I didn't believe his [heart] rate could be that fast."
Ives' son had a heart rate of about 300 beats per minute, nearly double the normal 160.
After doctors were alerted to the baby's elevated heart rate, Ives delivered her son, Edward Ives, five weeks early via emergency cesarean at the University College London Hospital.
Edward Ives was born with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and was given a five percent chance of survival. SVT is caused by improper electrical impulses in the heart that leads to an irregular rapid heartbeat heart, which then can lead to heart failure or affect internal organs. When the heart beats too quickly, it can't fill up properly and then distribute blood to vital organs correctly.
"I just thought he was going to die," said Ives.
A few hours after Edward was born, his heart started to race again. Doctors attempted to reset his heart rate by shocking his heart and giving him different medications, but when that failed they were left without many options except one they had never tried for SVT: They would lower Edward's body temperature to protect his vital organs and slow his heart rate.
"We'd gone through all the usual maneuvers that usually work in babies, giving drugs … trying to shock the heart, the baby and get [a healthy heart rate back]," said Dr. Nicola Robertson, who works in the neonatal unit at the University College London Hospital.
Over a period of hours the Doctors 'Freeze' Baby body temperature to approximately 91 degrees, which both protected his organs and slowed the electrical circuit in his heart. Unfortunately, over the next day, as Edward was warmed up, his heart began to race again. So the team again cooled his body temperature, three days after they had initially lowered it.
"That was one of the worst nights," recalled Ives. "I asked one of the nurses if he was going to die and she said he might."
Ives was sent out of the room when the doctors again attempted to slow his heart rate down by not only cooling but administering medication. Eventually they came to tell her that his heart rate had slowed, although he would again need to be warmed up to see if his heart rate was stable.
"It was really strange highs and lows because he was doing extremely poorly," said Ives. "But, oh, thank God! It worked."
Doctors then began the slow process of warming Edward, this time going at a slower rate as they carefully raised his temperature only half a degree every 12 hours. This time his heart rate remained stable.
It wasn't until 10 days after giving birth that Claire Ives was able to hold her son. A month later she and her husband, Phillip Ives, were able to bring Edward home to join his two older siblings.
Now a healthy six-month old, Edward has an excellent prognosis and is unlikely to need further hospitalizations for SVT although he is being closely monitored to see if the irregular heartbeat returns.
"It's made me appreciate all the small things about my children," said Claire Ives, who is planning to run a half-marathon to raise awareness about neonatal SVT. "It's the best thing ever to bring him home."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Lowongan Kerja Idaman menjadi Telemarketing

Setiap manusia yang sudah dewasa pasti membutuhkan pekerjaan. Karena tidak adanya pekerjaan manusia tidak akan bisa bertahan hidup. Manusia membutuhkan makanan minuman tempat tinggal kendaraan dan lain sebagainya yang tiu dihasilkan dari upah hasil kerja. Tanpa itu semua mnusia tidak akan bisa bertahan hidup. Ada berbagai macam pekerjaan yang bisa anda lakukan. Namun, itu semua pastinya berbeda dengan upah nya. Seperti, upah seorang pelayan restoran dan seorang dokter astilah sangat jauh berbeda. Untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan dengan upah tinggi, hal itu emerlukan kerja keras dan juga jenjang pendidikan yang tinggi. Seorang guru, dokter, pilot, perawat dan lai sebagai nya bisa melakukan pekerjaan nya dengan baik karena mereka semua melalui jalur pendidikan sejak dini hingga  dewasa. Mereka menuntut ilmu dari sejak kecil sampai dewasa dan akhirnya bisa mendapatkan posisi tersebut dengan adanya ilmu, keahlian dan kerja keras.
Di era Globalisasi ini, tingkat kesadaran manusia untuk menempuh …

11-year-old boy, Bailey O’Neill in coma after Bullied

11-year-old boy, Bailey O’Neill in coma after Bullied
An 11-year-old boy is in a coma after a bully attack. The 6th grade student from Darby Township, Pennsylvania suffered a concussion and is now in a coma as a result of being beaten by a classmate.
Bailey O’Neill was reportedly being bullied by two other young boys, one of whom eventually beat him in the face until his nose was fractured. Bailey was taken to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for treatment. Bailey’s condition continued to decline as his parents noticed that he displayed unusual behavior and was not interested in eating.
As reported by ABC 6, Bailey’s doctors made the decision to put Bailey into a medically induced coma when he began having “violent seizures.”
The Southeast Delco School District reportedly suspended one of the bullies for two days. Superintendent Stephen Butz issued a statement concerning the boy that physically assaulted Bailey:
“We have requested that the local police assist us in the…

O.C. crash kills 5 teens

O.C. crash kills 5 teens, Authorities say five people killed in a fiery Southern California crash that split a car in half were teenagers from the Irvine area.
Sheriff's officials tell the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/117ODqN) the names of the teens killed in the Newport Beach wreck were expected to be released Tuesday.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the Infiniti sedan they were in veered off a road Monday evening and hit a tree. The vehicle split in half and caught fire.
Lowe says four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear.
No other vehicles were involved.



O.C. crash kills 5 teens news