Would you do it?

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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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.

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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.

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Jenni - posted on 03/15/2011

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@Katherine hmmm... that would be a tough one. I guess it would depend on the severity of the injuries. If there was severe brain damage or some other irreparable damage.
If death was due to blood loss maybe they could do a blood transfusion?

Sharon - posted on 03/14/2011

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I'd try it. I would not rather have a child with severe disabilities than no child at all, but I would do anything to try and get the child I loved back.

Nikki - posted on 03/14/2011

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Wow, I would do it without a second thought. It's so scary how fast these things can happen.

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2011

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I wonder if that would apply to anything. Car accidents, things like that.

Bonnie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Wow, what a lucky little boy and family. At that point I probably would have been too negative to try it, but it's proof that it works!

Jenni - posted on 03/14/2011

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Ok that made me cry. Unbelievable!
I'd absolutely do it. I don't know if this is a horrible thing to say; but I'd go to Pet Cementary lengths to have my little boy back. Maybe it'd be selfish and near-sighted of me. But Lord, I don't know how I could go on without my son.

This is truely an amazing, heartwarming story. I can't even fathom what this will mean to the medical world. I just want to hug this little boy so tight!

Becky - posted on 03/14/2011

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If there was a chance my child's life could be saved, I'd be willing to try anything!

Alahnna - posted on 03/14/2011

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you never know unless you try and I could never live with myself knowing I hadn't done everything possible to save my child..

Audrey - posted on 03/14/2011

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wow! what a lucky little boy! before i heard that story i would have said no but after hearing the amazing outcome they had, i wouldnt hesitate to do it.

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Omg !
I'd be so scared but I'd do it. I'd rather have a child with possible disabilities than no child at all.

Bondlets - posted on 03/14/2011

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I would have to do it because I could not wonder for the rest of my life what would have happened had I tried it. I don't know that I could live with the guilt of knowing I could have given consent for something that might have worked. Then if I read a success story...that would do me in.

Jaclyn - posted on 03/14/2011

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omg thats amazing!! As a parent i would do anything for my kids, but i dont know that i would go through this prcedure. to be perfectly honest i don't know that i would be able to deal with a child who needed so much medical attention as the drs said he might. on the other hand hearing their story first i might do it in hopes that myine came out with the same results. this really is a hard one. what would you do?

Mel - posted on 03/14/2011

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thats amazing what a lucky little boy. I dont know what Id do in that situation

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