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Friday, March 4, 2011


Jamie Merricks was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his throat which prevented him from breathing resulting in damage to his brain after it was starved of oxygen.

Doctors at a Birmingham Hospital utilised a radical new treatment where they cooled Jamie down to well below normal body temperature, between 33 and 34 degrees Centigrade. The treatment involved a machine called a Tecotherm Neo, which uses cooling fluid, similar to that used in a car, in a mat onto which the baby is placed
Doctors were desperately trying to cool his body temperature down because it couldn't quite reach the, below the 34 degrees .Also all the windows  were kept open and the poor little boy was shivering on the mat.
Jamie's doctor Vidya Garikapati said the idea was to "decrease the metabolism in the brain and thereby helping brain to recover and limit the damage which has already happened

The treatment was inspired by the experiences of climbers who had been trapped, but had endured freezing conditions.

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