The Baby Who Had to be Defrosted

The Baby Who Had to be Defrosted (Image 1)

Baby Freddy Cooke did not breathe for 20 minutes after he was born.  His parents were warned that even if he survived he would be severely brain damaged from a lack of oxygen.

But Freddy was given a revolutionary treatment to cool his core body temperature, putting him in a state of induced hypothermia.  He was saved by pioneering ice therapy. 

Baby Freddy was defrosted on December 11, 2011, and he got his first cuddle on Christmas Eve.

He is now a perfectly healthy toddler.

The delivery all started normally.  But things quickly changed.  Freddy's shoulder got stuck and the umbilical cord snapped, starving him of oxygen.  By the time Freddy was born, weighing 9lb 2oz, he had stopped breathing.

Doctors immediately put Freddy on a ventilator and transferred to Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital for treatment when he was just four hours old. 

Freddy was placed on an ice bed.  Experts say the treatment must start within six hours of birth.  He was wrapped in a cooling blanket, which was pumped with freezing water to keep his temperature down to 91 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mother Nicky Cooke says Freddy's hands were freezing and his body was shivering from the cold.  But Freddy was sedated, and he never felt anything. 

After 72 hours, it was time to slowly warm Freddy up.  Only at this time could doctors tell if the treatment had worked. 

In just 12 hours, Freddy started to move his legs and cry.  These were signs he had not suffered brain damage. 

Doctors were shocked.  It was unheard of for him to respond so well. 

By Christmas Eve, mom and dad were able to hold Freddy for the first time. 

Nicky says it was a Christmas miracle. 

Now the parents can't wait for Christmas 2013.  Freddy has now been given the all clear.

Freddy's parents have launched a campaign, Cool to Save a Life.  It's all to raise funds for cooling equipment in hospitals. 

Click here for more details.




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