Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Emek Medical Center doctors brought down the body temperature of a 39-year-old
lawyer who suffered cardiac arrest, from 37º to 33º Celsius, and saved his life
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The man, Raed Mahamid from Umm el-Fahm, was playing with his
small daughter at home when he collapsed and lost consciousness.
called neighbors who rushed him to the emergency room in Afula, where he
underwent resuscitation for a long period. Cardiology department head Dr. Yoram
Turgeman said that unless his body was cooled, he would suffer brain damage due
to inadequate blood and oxygen supplies.
Fortunately for Mahamid, the
hospital had just received equipment that cools the body. The staff had recent
research showing that in this situation, such brain damage can be prevented by
lowering the victim’s temperature.
“We put on him the special ‘suit’ for
cooling him. After 36 hours of such treatment, as his wife, parents and other
relatives prayed for a miracle, the doctors restored his body temperature to 37º
and he began to wake up. He was a bit confused, as he had no recollection of
what happened to him and didn’t know his life had been almost lost but saved,”
the doctor said.
Turgeman said that in some medical situations, such as
in premature babies who did not get enough oxygen to the brain during delivery,
or in cardiac arrest, hypothermia can be a very successful treatment.
grateful Mahamid had surgery to implant a pacemaker that will prevent his heart
from stopping in the future.