Frozen Baby Revived Two Hours After Being Declared Dead

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 21, 2013 10:34 AM EST

Frozen Baby Revived
A frozen baby was revived two hours after being pronounced dead at a hospital. (Photo: Reuters)

A frozen baby was revived by paramedics after being born on a sidewalk in Toronto in sub-zero temperatures on Wednesday. The baby's mother was attempting to walk to the hospital during labor but didn't make it in time. Her child was declared dead at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto after staff tried to resuscitate it. The frozen baby was being prepped for transport to the coroner's office when police officers noticed the infant stirring underneath a sheet. They alerted hospital staff and the frozen baby was revived nearly two hours after she had been declared dead.

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"Hypothermia can mimic death," Jamie Hutchison, research director for critical care medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, told the Globe and Mail. "The baby appears to not have any vital signs. But then when the baby is rewarmed ... the vital signs come back."

After the frozen baby was revived she was placed into emergency care and is now listed in fair condition. Police and medical personnel were amazed that the baby survived the bitter cold, the temperature was a frigid 7 F when the baby was born with wind chills as low as -9 F. Once the frozen baby was revived, word spread fast through the Toronto Police Department's social media network.

"Today two officers experienced something most likely never to happen again in their careers," Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond tweeted on the Toronto police Twitter page. "Truly astonished/pleased baby is doing well."

Deputy chief Peter Sloly also tweeted his congrats to the officers.

"A #Toronto woman had a baby today but it was pronounced dead. 2 #TPS cops ... saw the baby move, got a pulse + saved its life!" he tweeted.

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