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A Medics restart baby's heart after dunking her in bucket of icy water

A newborn whose heart rate began to soar was dunked into a bucket of ice water by doctors trying to save her life. Medics believed the shock of the freezing water might restart her heart, which had risen to 320 beats per minute. Holly Hutchinson had been rushed to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle 10 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve at just 12 days old. Despite the ice shock, her parents were told her heart rate was not slowing. She was eventually given powerful drugs that brought her back from the brink just in time. Her stunned parents Jenny and Ian Hutchinson were given the happy news as fireworks were let off outside.

A newborn whose heart rate began to soar was dunked into a bucket of ice water by doctors trying to save her life. Medics believed the shock of the freezing water might restart her heart, which had risen to 320 beats per minute. Holly Hutchinson had been rushed to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle 10 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve at just 12 days old. Despite the ice shock, her parents were told her heart rate was not slowing. She was eventually given powerful drugs that brought her back from the brink just in time. Her stunned parents Jenny and Ian Hutchinson were given the happy news as fireworks were let off outside.

After several attempts to shock her heart using other methods failed, she was rushed to the Freeman Hospital where the process was repeated and she was intubated. Ian said: ‘Right in front of our eyes, we could see the blood retracting from Holly’s limbs to try and protect her core, making her go grey. ‘It was absolutely horrendous to see our newborn become so ill, so quickly. Watching her being submerged in the water and be prodded with needles like a pin cushion is something no parent wants to see. ‘It was so hard knowing there was nothing we could do.’ The parents were taken into a side room at Freeman Hospital while doctors tried to save Holly’s life. Just 10 minutes later, they were told her heart had gone back to its normal rhythm and rate.

Her dad said: ‘Suddenly fireworks were going off and people were cheering – it was surreal. ‘If we’d arrived 20 minutes later, Holly might not be here today.’ Training for the half marathon between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields has been ‘tough’, Ian said. He added: ‘If Holly can hold on with a heartbeat of 320, a half marathon should be pretty simple right?’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/04/doctors-restart-newborn-babys-heart-dunking-freezing-water-10682132/

stella Posted on November 11, 2019 21:37

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