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encephalopathy, or HIE.HIE affects one or two of every 1,000 newborns.Four of the babies, suffering from severe brain trauma, died soon after birth. The remaining 17 have been evaluated during follow up visits, with conditions ranging from normal development to some disability.

Virginia Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, "Dosia" became one of 29 babies who have been taken there since 2005 for an emerging medical treatment that Dosia parents believe saved the infant life.The technology relies on a modest looking blanket used not to warm an infant, but to rapidly drop body temperature.Cooling the core temperature by about 6 degrees through hypothermia treatment changes how a baby brain reacts to injury."You turn on some things and turn off some things with hypothermia," said Dr. Department of Pediatrics.The babies placed on the cooling blanket have evidence of brain injury, perhaps caused by lack of oxygen or blood flow before or during birth.For these infants, the blanket could hold the key to preventing serious and permanent problems such as cerebral palsy or severe mental handicaps.In Dosia case, doctors hoped and New Balance Netball Shoes expected that the treatment would slow the rate of irreversible brain cell death that follows periods of low oxygen and blood flow.Fairchild said research has shown that cooling therapy does "many things to protect the brain from further damage, including slowing metabolism, which means brain cells have more energy stores available."Because of the delivery, Elizabeth Fennell never saw her new girl on the cooling blanket.Dosia father, Temple, however, spent long hours over the course of two days watching and worrying over the baby. is to place a baby on the hypothermia blanket within six hours of birth and keep the temperature lowered for up to three days.Temple Fennell sang and read to his daughter during that time. Tubes and wires connected Dosia to the blanket equipment and other medical gear.His urge may have been to scoop up the baby, to hold her close, but Fennell only touched her head and her feet. He couldn risk warming her."Her limbs were blue and purple. She was cold to the touch."Still, Fennell was sure his hours old daughter had a sense of her father."Even at that point I felt she was aware of me and engaged," he said.Hypothermia studies to date show promise, though doctors and researchers still have much to learn about which circumstances the cold therapy works best in and why.About one of every 1,000 babies suffers from brain injury around Black New Balance Womens

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the time of birth. began its hypothermia treatment program in 2005 after several controlled trials involving nearly 500 babies at hospitals around the world showed improved outcomes for those who were cooled compared with those who received traditional intensive care.Published studies on the treatment so far have shown no serious side effects, Fairchild said. NICU. Placing an infant on the blanket doesn require consent from a parent, though doctors fully explain to parents what they hope to accomplish through the treatment.The treatment is selected only for full term babies with specific signs and symptoms of a condition called hypoxic ischemic New Balance Napes Pack

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By Danville Register And Bee"As soon as she came out, the look on the doctors faces was just ashen," her mother, Elizabeth Fennell, recalled at her Albemarle County home. "I just kept hearing my pediatrician say, on, sweetheart. Come on, sweetheart."Rushed to the University of New Balance Dark Blue Pink

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