Polish doctors trying to save 2-year-old found unconscious in sub-freezing temperature

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Doctors in southern Poland are working to save a 2-year-old boy who was found unconscious after spending a frigid night outdoors, wearing only socks and a pajama top.

Janusz Skalski, a doctor at the children's hospital in Krakow, said Tuesday that the boy's body temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit and his heart was beating once every few dozen seconds when he was brought in on Sunday.

Skalski said the child's temperature has been raised to 97 degrees Fahrenheit — nearly normal — and a regular heartbeat has been restored, but the child's condition remains to be seen. He is still attached to a respirator, but his kidneys, liver, intestines and lungs are working properly.

Doctors are to begin Tuesday to slowly bring him out of medically induced coma.

"It would be an absolute miracle if the child could be saved with no negative side effects," Skalski said, but added that the boy's recovery remains in doubt.

Police officer Michal Godyn found the boy on Sunday morning lying face down in leaves under a tree by a creek in the village of Raclawice, northeast of Krakow. The temperature had fallen to minus 19 degrees Fahrenheit overnight.

"I cleared the leaves off his face and carried him in my arms to the nearest house," where an ambulance was called, Godyn told the Fakt daily, giving the boy's name as Adam.

The boy and two other children were spending Saturday night under his grandmother's care. The woman said she did not see him leave, but the house was not locked, according to Godyn.

The boy was found a few hundred yards from her house, in the direction of his home, Godyn said.