Premature Baby Miraculously Came Back to Life After 8 Minutes of Being Born Without a Pulse



For most couples, there isn’t a greater joy than learning that they would be parents soon. Some couples struggle for years before they are able to conceive. So, news of pregnancy is the best thing that can to most couples. However, while conceiving in itself is often quite a challenge, the 9 months of the baby’s growth inside the womb is the most challenging. While some women and babies sail through the process, some do not.


Bex and her husband Martin, like any other couple, we're excited about the prospect of having a baby in their arms at the end of 9 months. They soon found out that they would have a daughter and they couldn’t have been happier. They made all their preparations, made their house ready for the arrival of their bundle of joy. Friends and family were excited too since the pregnancy was going well. They were therefore completely shocked when they went for the usual check-up one day.

The News That Shocked Everyone: 

They went for their routine check-up where the doctor gave them a news that shocked them. There was some issue with the baby’s heart and they needed to deliver the baby immediately for the small chance of the baby’s survival. Bex was only 5 months pregnant at that time. The chances of the baby’s survival seemed slim. But if they did not treat the baby then, the baby would definitely not survive. No parents should have to go through what Bex and Martin felt at that moment when they had to take the decision. Their happy bubble burst at that moment. But the decision, tough as it may have been, needed to be taken. Bex and Martin wanted to clutch on to the smallest chances of baby’s survival. So, they took the tough call of having the baby in the world 4 months before her due. The mental preparation of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best must have taken a toll on the two, but they were not willing to give up easily. They wanted to do whatever they could to save their daughter’s life.

At The Operating Table:

Bex went for an emergency cesarean at 5 months of her pregnancy. As if the trauma of having the baby so early on wasn’t enough, their worst nightmare seemed to have come true. As soon as the baby was taken out of the womb, her heart stopped. Bex knew something was wrong when she didn’t hear the baby cry. She was born without a puls. Bex broke down when she heard the harsh truth. It looked like they couldn’t even work on that small chance of her survival. Thankfully, there was some miracle stored for this couple. While Bex was still in shock of what happened, the team of doctors refused to give up so easily.



The Miracle:

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. The doctors used electro-shock treatment in the hope that Willow, Bex’s daughter, would be able to be revived. The chances seemed next to nothing since the baby was a preemie, which already made her chances low. Also, she had a heart condition. Did anyone really think she would come to life? But the doctors wanted to try until nothing else could be done. And their persistence paid off, Bex couldn’t believe it when she heard that her daughter’s heart had started to beat! She was alive!

However, it was still far from over; but Bex and Martin allowed themselves to hope once again. Willow seemed to be a fighter. Once her heartbeat was in place, the doctors treated her condition and put her in an incubator. The treatment, that could have well been taken straight from the pages of a science fiction, involved lowering her body temperature to 91.4℉. This procedure is called ‘brain hypothermia’.



What Is Brain Hypothermia?

Also called targeted temperature management, in this procedure, the body temperature is reduced significantly using cooling blankets or ice packs. This is done to maintain a lower body temperature until the body is healed properly after the stopped blood flow to the brain. This method is usually used when the brain did not receive proper blood flow due to a heart condition. They used this method on Willow because her heart didn’t beat when she came out of the womb and it took them eight minutes to get her heart to beat again. This is a long time for a brain to not have any blood flow. This method reduces the chances of tissue injury due to the lack of blood flow to the brain. They wanted to ensure that there was no permanent brain damage due to those 8 long minutes.

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