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Frozen Baby In 'Miracle' Recovery

She is simply the "miracle girl" -- a 13-month-old found frozen and clinically dead Saturday who is alert and even smiling Monday.


She crawled out of her mother's bed and into subzero temperatures wearing only a diaper. Found in the snow hours later, she had no pulse and no vital signs. And, it would have seemed, no hope, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod.


Her body temperature was 60 degrees--her fingers and toes frostbitten. Doctors started to warm her. Two hours after her heart had literally stopped cold, it started again all on its own.


Doctors said the girl, who was clinically dead when she arrived at a hospital, had no immediate indication of brain injury, although the extent of her frostbite wounds are still being determined.


The toddler crawled out of her mother's bed and went outside in Edmonton's minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit weather early Saturday. The mother discovered her daughter hours later, lying curled in the snow of a neighbor's backyard.


Paramedics said the girl, whose name has not been released, had no pulse when they arrived on the scene. She was described as being nearly "frozen solid" to the point that they had difficulty opening her mouth.


The extreme cold, however, may have helped her.


"As the temperature goes down, the vital organs of the body, in particular the heart and the brain, slow down their needs," says David Bank, MD, of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Doctors said the extent of the girl's frostbite was still being determined, and it could be several weeks before they know if any of her toes or other limbs will have to be amputated.

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