A newborn baby has been flown from China to the United States where he will receive medical care at a Cleveland hospital after being infected with a severe bacterial infection, according to the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Fire and Rescue Department.
The baby was taken into the neonatal intensive care unit Friday at Cleveland Clinic Medical Center, according the Cleveland Emergency Medical Services Department.
He was transferred to OhioHealth Medical Center at the University of Akron Medical Center where he is in stable condition, the fire department said.
The infant is in critical condition, with breathing difficulties and seizures, Cleveland Fire Chief Kevin Schoeller said.
He said the baby was given oxygen and a hydration drink by the infant’s father.
The infant has no pulse, according a hospital spokesman.
The hospital is in the process of removing the infant from the NICU, which is where he was placed Friday, Schoell said.
A baby’s heartbeat is often monitored for signs of respiratory distress, which typically includes a rapid breathing, chest tightness and increased chest pressure.
In the case of a suspected bacterial infection such as this, the baby’s heart rate can rise to levels that can be considered life threatening, the CDC said.
It is unknown how the baby contracted the infection, or whether it was the result of an in-home care visit.
The baby is expected to survive.
The child’s mother was released from the hospital Sunday, the Fire and Fire Rescue Department said.