Birth asphyxia is a serious birth injury that endangers the lives of many newborns around the world. Fortunately for New Yorkers, a new treatment that cools newborn babies is reducing the risks of brain damage for children who are born unresponsive and lethargic. If untreated, this birth asphyxia can result in brain damage or death.
In a recent case near Buffalo, the delivery of a couple's first baby turned scary when the baby did not cry or respond to touch. The medical staff had the baby transferred to the Woman and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Fortunately, the new cooling therapy saved the baby; her lack of oxygen could have had much worse results.