An amazing bit of weird medical science came to the help of newborn baby Edward Ives, who was stripped, wrapped in an ice blanket and left to freeze for four days. On purpose. By doctors. And it worked.

Little Edward was suffering from a heart condition, which was diagnosed in the womb. A routine scan found that his pulse was racing away at over 300 beats a minute, as the result of a condition known as supraventricular tachycardia. He was immediately popped out of mummy's tummy for emergency treatment.

The seemingly barbaric treatment involved sedating Edward and wrapping him in a cooling blanket for four days, which his horrified parents said made it look "like he was dead." This odd cold immersion tricked his heart into working normally again for reasons we won't pretend to understand, and he was gradually defrosted and eventually allowed to go home. [Metro]

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