Doctors save heart attack victim with induced hypothermia

PORT JEFFERSON - Doctors at Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson say a new therapy saved the life of a 74-year-old man suffering from a heart attack last Saturday.

Donald Donohue suffered the massive heart attack while inside the hospital.  He says he had brought his wife in, who was suffering from a urinary infection.

Doctors say they were able to resuscitate him and that they quickly turned to a new treatment called therapeutic hypothermia.

Dr. Keith Harris says the procedure involves pumping cold water through tubes into pads that wrap around the body. That lowers the body's temperature, making it easier for both the heart and brain to function.

Harris says normally one in six people will benefit from this therapy.

For more coverage of the therapeutic hypothermia procedure go to Channel 612 on your iO Digital Cable Box and select iO Extra.

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