Doctors Wrap Baby in Ice for 3 Days to Save Her Life

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newborn handA little girl from the U.K. owes her life to a team of doctors who wrapped her in ice for three days as a newborn by placing her tiny body in a special cooling bag and bringing her temperature from 98 degrees Fahrenheit down to 95.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

When Lily Cracknell's mom, Rebecca Hasler, was 36 weeks pregnant, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia. She was taken to the hospital and labor was induced immediately, but when Lily was born at 5 pounds, 13 ounces -- she struggled to breathe for 30 minutes.

At that point, out of fear of brain swelling due to lack of oxygen, doctors decided they needed to act quickly and bring her temperature down.

And after being put in an icy bag for three long days, baby Lily started to recover after her body temperature was warmed back up again.

Her mom says, "Doctors said it was a miracle she pulled through. She looked so small and helpless lying there in her cool bag. But we knew it was her only chance of survival."

OMG. Can you imagine how devastating it must have been for this woman to not only wonder whether or not her baby was going to survive -- but to have to sit there and see her tiny little body all wrapped up and shivering?

When I had my son seven years ago, like any mom -- all I wanted was to hold him in my arms and keep him warm and safe, so I can't even fathom how awful Rebecca's experience must have been. She must have felt so powerless, like there was nothing she could do but wait, hope, and pray that her precious baby would be ok.

All any parent wants is for their child to be born healthy, and it's just so horrible to think about anyone having to go through the first few days of their baby's life not knowing whether or not they'll ever take them home.

Thankfully, Rebecca got her happy ending and Lily has made a "strong recovery" despite being small for her age.

Rebecca says, "She may be tiny but she’s a fighter. When we tell people that Lily was put in a cool bag, they can’t believe it. Lily had a difficult start to life, but she is really making up for it now. She’s boisterous and full of mischief. We're so grateful to the doctors for saving her."

Ahh. "Boisterous and full of mischief." If that's not music to any parent's ears, I really don't know what is.

What well wishes would you send to this mother and daughter?


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LostS... LostSoul88

I am so glad you posted a very postive post! I am so gald to hear mom and baby are doing well. These are the types of post most uf us like to see.

Jaymie Shields

My oldest (now 17) was placed in an incubator for the first 10 days of his life. He got jaundice, normal high is 11.5, he was at 22.5. All I could do was sit by his side and talk to him, telling him, mommy was by his side and would never leave. HUGE hugs to both mom and baby, I know just how hard that is. My son, like Lily, was on the small side but "Boisterous and full of mischief." were music to my ears as well.

Wendi Victoria Kelly

I know what the mom is going through. My son was in the hospital for 3 months with most of that time being on a ventilator and then an ECMO machine for 5 days. He got the RSV virus, and that turned into pneumonia, which killed him over 8 times. They revived him, of course, but I actually did lose my baby quite a few times. I also had to watch my baby almost die when I was 17 years old, to can you say traumatic? It's all good now though. I have a perfectly healthy 11 and a half year old now. :) 

Kaylan Weig

i can understand what this mom was going through. my daughter was 3 months early weighing at 13.5 oz  and spent 4 months in the hospital then came home on oxygen after being hooked up to monitors now at the age of 2 full of life and a fighter. scary experiance and im glad she got to take her daughter home. my thoughts go to this mom on how her baby started out.

Brandi Welch

My baby girl was born in May of 2007, 3lbs 5oz, 15.5 inches long.. she was premature and her cord shrank during pregnancy and we didn't know, so it was a shock when she came out. She was my miracle baby :) 19 days in ICU and finally came home to mommy!! Now she is in Kindergarten and even though still pretty tiny, she's happy, healthy and still my miracle baby! I wish this woman and her baby a wonderful life of love and pride.

Melissa Stebbins

My son went through something similar. It was called a cold cap. They just placed it on his head to prevent brain damage from seizures. He is 4 yrs old now and doing great! :)

nonmember avatar casey

my son was born in october. the doctors thought i was only 2 weeks early. come to find out iI was a month early. he was all colors but normal and his breathing was like a panting dog. we were not sure if he would make it. but hes still here snd iI just look at him every day and thank god which im sure the parents of this little girl will do also. children are such a blessing.

nonmember avatar Denise

My baby girl was born to rapidly so she had a hard time breathing at the start. She spent the first 5-6 days in the hospital. They had her on oxygen for the pressure to help her breathe and at times she was also on the CPAP. At times she would breathe on her own but by the end of the day he was struggling again. Her body was having a hard time expelling the CO2. She was not allowed to eat while she was in there so she became jaundice. I suffer from depression on a normal day and this was the worst for me. I felt so helpless not being able to do anything for her. She is now 10 months and full of life!

I'm so happy that this little one made it! Just enjoy every day to the fullest, life is short!

Jennifer Wiseman Smith

when I was a baby I had a huge over 101 temp and the doctors put me in a tub of ice... it saved my life!!! I am glad to here these stories

NonaJ NonaJ

My due date was June 21, 2007, but due to complications my son was born May 18. Even though he was a month early he weighed in at 7lbs 14ozs but, he was not breathing when he was born(5 on the apgar scale). He struggled to breathe and eat for the longest 3 days of my life. Despite recovering from a c-section, I was at his side for every feeding.  He is now a happy, healthy almost 6 year old. Enjoy every moment and take nothing for granted!

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