London - As medical treatments go, dunking a seriously ill baby’s head into a bucket of icy water sounds rather old-fashioned.
But doctors resorted to the extreme method when Holly Hutchinson’s heart rate soared perilously high to 320 beats per minute.
The therapy was aimed at shocking her heart into the correct rhythm as Holly battled meningitis.
Together with more modern treatments including powerful antibiotics, the medics helped the baby to pull through after just ten days in hospital.
She is now on the mend and back home with parents Jenny and Ian.