Cooling Therapy saves new born baby in Bangalore

A fighter was born at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hebbal, North Bengaluru

Published On: 2021-05-03

One unusually fine morning during these troubled times, a little fighter was born at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hebbal, North Bengaluru. He did not cry. He did not breathe. But he did not give up. In fact, he took 11 minutes to take his first breath. Such a fighter he was. And to help that warrior fight such a tough battle, Neonatologists at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hebbal, put in all their efforts.

The army that stood by his side, helped him breathe and did cooling therapy for the  baby so that he should have normal neurodevelopmental outcome  included

Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics

Dr.Sreedhara M.S, Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics

Dr. Sushma Kalyan Achuta, Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics

Rainbow Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in North Bengaluru which provides Cooling Therapy for asphyxiated newborns and this is a ray of hope to all the parents from Bellari, Devanahalli, Chickballapur, Anantpur, Hindupur and other places in the belt.

Here’s the heart-touching story of the baby soldier.

Newborn, a baby boy, born through vaginal delivery, was floppy with poor Apgar scores. When born with challenging conditions, our doctors diagnosed the baby with Stage 2 Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. So to cure him, our experts used Therapeutic Hypothermia method, which is also called Whole body cooling method.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics says, “This is a very rare scenario and is observed in 2% of live births but contributes for 20% of Neonatal deaths. Perinatal Asphyxia happens because of decreased blood flow from mother to placenta and to baby, impaired oxygenation to the baby  reduced gas exchange across placenta and increased Fetal oxygen requirement.”


Talking about the procedure, and the mental state of the parents, Dr. Sreedhara, the Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics, who treated the baby right from day 1 says, “The parents were in a state of emotional shock, despair and denial. As clinicians, in addition to giving the best clinical care to the infant, we counselled the parents in such a way that they understand the clinical condition of the baby. We made sure they are ready to accept and face the short term and long-term challenges.”

The baby was cooled for 72 hours and slowly rewarmed over 12 hours. He was monitored closely for vitals and systemic functions and seizures were treated appropriately with medications. After an MRI, the baby was normal in condition and after a neurological examination, and was discharged.

With the help of the doctors Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hebbal the baby was sent home with the parents safe and healthy. Baby is under regular follow up since then ann baby is doing well in terms of neurological development.


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