Heads up all parents here in Atlanta and every city and town in America. Do not leave your small child unattended in a bath or anywhere near water. It takes such a short period of time for them to drown. Small children have been known to drown in a bucket of mop water before. Warm weather is coming and parents should also be geared up to protect children from swimming pools and other recreational water areas.
This is what happened to the Staker family when the mother left her toddler unattended while in the bathtub. When she returned he was face down in the water.
God spared this child through an experimental treatment which brought him back. This mother acknowledges her mistake; but she gives God the glory for saving her “miracle” child. However, for two weeks, they did not know if he would survive and if he did would he have brain damage.
See video of parents and fully recovered child in the Today Show.
Katie Drummond, AOL News consultant reports that seventeen month old Bronson Staker was in the tub for a bath when his Mom had to leave for a short while to check on another child.
When she returned he was face up in the tub. She tried CPR while waiting for the emergency squad; but was unable to revive him. The EMS team failed as well; and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A treatment sometimes used for heart attack patients was suggested. It is called therapeutic hypothermia. His body temperature was lowered by 8 degrees and he was put into an induced coma. Therapeutic hypothermia works by slowing down the body’s natural recovery process.
His parents were warned that even if he survived he may have already sustained brain damage; and they should be prepared for a lifetime of medical care.
After two weeks in the coma, they gradually began to raise his temperature and he slowly revived. The parents were elated that immediately there had been no brain damage.
A day after he woke up, he was walking and now six weeks later there is no sign of damage to his mental or physical abilities.
Bronson’s story is very rare according to doctors but an article in Journal of Neurotrauma indicates that this treatment could soon have broad applications in pediatric medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19271968
Real full details at: http://www.aolnews.com/science/article/miracle-baby-bronson-staker-undergoes-hypothermia-to-cheat-death/19397097
Also on the site there is a video of coverage on The Today Show.