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Toddler revived after hour underwater.

Toddler revived after hour underwater

In an incident that serves as a reminder that many upper limits of stress on the human body remain unknown, a 2-year-old girl from Salt Lake City was revived without serious brain damage 66 minutes after a sibling saw her fall into an ice-cold creek. Her doctors report in the July 15 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION that "as far as we know, this is the longest time ever reported" for a person to have gone without breathing and be revived.

The toddler was pulled from water measured to be 41[deg.]F; rescurers recorded the child's body temperature at approximately 66[deg.]F. She was wheeled into the operating room two hours after her rescue and placed on a heart-lung pump equipped with a warmer.

Once her body temperature climbed to about 77[deg.]F, her heart began beating and her pupils reacted to light. Eight weeks later when her parents checked her out of the hospital, her only complication was a slight tremor. Now, her pediatricians write, a year has passed and the tremor "has shown progressive improvement."

Howard Corneli of the Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City says the child was spared brain damage because the cold was quick and severe, making her cells stop burning oxygen almost completely. It also made her appear dead. "There's saying in emergency rooms that a patient who's cold and dead needs to be warned up before you decide,c he says.
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