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Thursday, February 15th 2007, 9:56pm

Viagra used to save baby's life

From BBC News

Viagra has been used by doctors on Tyneside as a last resort to save the life of a premature baby.
Lewis Goodfellow was born at 24 weeks weighing just 1lb 8 oz. One of his lungs had failed and not enough oxygen was able to get into his bloodstream.

His parents feared he may not survive and had even begun planning a funeral.

Doctors at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary then tried Sildenafil, also known under the trade name of Viagra, and Lewis is now home with his parents.

Parents Jade Goodfellow and John Barclay, from Walker, Newcastle believe the drug - more usually associated with anti-impotence - saved his life.

Ms Goodfellow said: "Doctors said he couldn't be given any more oxygen.

"They were just clutching at straws basically. They explained it was experimental and may not have any effect at all."

Alan Fenton, consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: "The problem we see in premature babies with breathing difficulties is although we can blow oxygen into their lungs to help them, there isn't enough blood supply to various areas of the lungs to take the oxygen around the rest of the body.

"What Sildenafil does is open up the blood vessels so they can capture the oxygen and take it around the body."

Lewis was born in August 2006 and was finally allowed home in January, to the delight of his parents.

His mother said: "I don't think you could put into words how we feel.

"The doctors are worth their weight in gold. We admire each and every one of them for what they have done."

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Thursday, February 15th 2007, 10:16pm

Crikey! What a good idea!!!

Amazing really isn't it?

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Thursday, February 15th 2007, 10:20pm

THey use it to help with TTC too...Taranissi certainly uses it......improves the lining of the womb apparantly to help implntation and keep the dev embryo ..............DONT TRY THIS AT HOME GIRLS!!!!!



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Thursday, February 15th 2007, 10:29pm

truly amazing ;(



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Friday, February 16th 2007, 1:33pm

I saw this on the news too- amazing isn't it??!

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Friday, February 16th 2007, 1:37pm

That is brilliant!

Me 28 DH 32 [zx101]
1st ICSI Dec 05 8 eggs, 3 fert :BFN:
Left Tube removed June 06
2nd ICSI March 07 16 eggs, 7 fert:BFN:
3rd ICSI July 07 - 22 eggs, 5 fert :BFN:
4th ICSI Dec 07 with blasto, lovely eggs, slow development to blasto :BFN: