New Medical Discovery
Scientists at a Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts invented one the great medical breakthroughs in years. They designed a microparticle which is injected into a person’s bloodstream which will quickly oxygenate their blood, and will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely.
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This finding can save millions of lives every year as the microparticles can keep a person alive for up to 30 min after respiratory failure when injected into the patients’ veins. Once injected, it can oxygenate their blood to near normal levels. This allows life to continue when oxygen is needed but unavailable. It’s enough time to avoid risking a heart attack or permanent brain injury when oxygen is restricted or cut off to patients.
Dr. John Kheir, of the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Cardiology found inspiration for the drug in 2006, when treating a girl who had a severe case of pneumonia. The girl didn’t have a breathing tube and suffered from a pulmonary hemorrhage. This means her lungs had to fill up with blood, and she finally went into cardiac arrest. It took doctors 25 minutes to remove enough blood from her lungs to allow her to breath. The girl’s brain was severely injured due to being deprived of oxygen for that long and she eventually died.