17-month-old Bronson Staker’s mom, Sara, only turned her back on her son in the tub for a minute. An older brother distracted her. Anyone with more than one kid knows this situation all too well. Yet, in just that moment, Sara turned back to find her child lying face down in the tub. At the hospital, Bronson was pronounced dead on arrival. But doctors tried a “Hail Mary” last-ditch effort to possibly save the baby by freezing him back to life.
The procedure is called therapeutic hypothermia. In therapeutic hypothermia, doctors gradually cool the body down, usually in patients who suffered cardiac arrest. The process cuts oxygen to the brain, stops the heart and induces a coma. This slows the body’s natural recovery process.
The doctors waited two weeks before slowly warming and reviving the child. If he did come back, there was no way of knowing what cognitive and physical impairments he may have suffered. Doctors advised the Stakers to prepare for a lifetime of medical treatment for their son, under the best scenario.
What they didn’t expect was for Bronson to make a full recovery.
Six weeks after doctors revived him, Bronson shows no signs of impairment. He is a healthy and very lucky boy who cheated death with the help of some unorthodox medical measures.
Source: AOL News